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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Latest Public Meetings

View All Public Meetings
Meeting Date Time Type
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 05:00 pm Local Appeals Board, also serves as Housing Appeals Board
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 06:00 pm Design Review Committee
Wednesday, September 02, 2015 06:00 pm Design Review Committee

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