Community Development

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Community Development Director - Jeffrey Lambert

phone: 805-658-4723, fax 805-654-7560, email:


The Community Development Department (CD) is responsible for planning and zoning, economic development, housing and redevelopment for the City of Ventura. Our department works to ensure that new construction and additions to existing structures meet the policies and guidelines that have been established for public safety, zoning and development. CD also works with various city commissions that help guide and advise the City Council regarding growth in the city.

Many projects that come before the city for review are presented to one or more commissions or committees for recommendations to the City Council. The department is also involved with special events, regional planning, and open space.

For information about Community Development related issues regarding:



Internship Program

The Community Development Department offers temporary paid and unpaid internships in planning, economic development, building and safety, and administration.  Opportunties are available three times a year (fall, spring, and summer) for undergraduate and graduate level students. Sign up here to to receive notifications.  

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Ventura Summer Concert Series

On Monday August 6th, the City Council accepted the postponement of the start of the concert series until May 2013. While negotiations with the Promoter are completed, the Promoter and City Staff mutually agreed that due to the later than anticipated start date for this year it would be best to postpone. We will be providing an update to Council in September.

Final Initial Study - Mitigated Negative Declaration (pdf - 12.2Kb)

Notice of Intent to Adopt An Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Ventura Summer Concert Series Project

Draft Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration

A 20-day public review period will be provided for all interested persons to submit comments on the adequacy of the Draft IS/MND.  The comment period starts June 15, 2012 and ends on July 5, 2012.  Written comments should be sent to :  Jeffrey Lambert, Community Development Director, City of Ventura, 501 Poli Street, Room 133, Ventura, CA 93002-0099 or jlambert  

Public Outreach Meetings

Plans are underway to manage the potential impacts of this exciting series and take advantage of the potential economic boost to Ventura’s downtown. Concert promoters are proposing to host up to twelve concerts at the Ventura City Hall Upper Parking Lot beginning in July with the last show in October 2012; attendance to the event is estimated to be up to 1,900 per concert. 

PowerPoint presented at the April 30, 2012 meeting.

Link to video presented at the meeting. 

Another meeting will be held on May 24, 2012 at 6:00 PM in the Community Meeting Room of City Hall.

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Latest Public Meetings

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Meeting Date Time Type
Wednesday, August 05, 2015 06:00 pm Design Review Committee
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 05:00 pm Local Appeals Board, also serves as Housing Appeals Board
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 05:00 pm Local Appeals Board, also serves as Housing Appeals Board

Contact Us

Schedule: 7:30 AM to 5:30 AM
Address: 501 Poli St. Room 133, Ventura CA 93002
Phone: 805.677.3921
Fax: 805.654.7560

Community Development Department:

Hours of Operation:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

501 Poli St. Room 117, Ventura CA 93002

Phone: 805.654.7893/805.654.7894
Fax: 805.654.7560