The Planning Division, part of the Community Development Department, is responsible for creating goals and policies for sustainable future development in the city and ensuring that all proposed and current development complies with those goals.
Planning staff provides services and conducts activities which guide the city's orderly development by applying the current zoning codes, facilitating development, creating and implementing community plans and preserving historic resources.
Contact the Planning Division at:
- By Phone: (805) 654-7893 or (805) 654-7894 For Zoning Information
- In Person: 501 Poli Street, Room 117, Ventura CA, 93001
- Planning Manager: Dave Ward (805) 677-3964, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ventura's General Plan
Adopted August 8, 2005 after more than seven years of public meetings, 200 workshops and input by thousands of residents, the General Plan sets long-range goals based on a shared vision to guide Ventura's future.
"The building of cities is one of man's greatest achievements. The form of his city has always been and always will be a pitless indicator of the state of his civilization. This form is determined by the multiplicity of decsions made by the people who live in it."
- Edmund N. Bacon
Design of Cities, 1967
The 2013 General Plan Status Report discussed at City Council on March 4, 2013, 6PM in the City Hall Council Chambers
Read the 2005 General Plan (12.5mb)
Housing Element 2008-2014
The Housing Element is a state mandated document that is part of the General Plan and contains analysis, policies, and programs with the objective to preserve, improve and promote housing for all economic segments of the community. On January 23, 2012, the City Council adopted its 2008-2014 General Plan Housing Element. The final version is available here and at the Planning Counter at City Hall in room 117.
Draft Housing Element (2014 - 2021)
Currenty, the City is updating the Housing Element under the state's mandated time frame in 2013.
Update March 15, 2013: Preliminary Draft Housing Element submitted to the State
On March 15th, the City transmitted the Draft Housing Element for preliminary review by the State Housing and Community Development Department (HCD). This 60 day review is required as part of the City's process to update and locally adopted the Housing Element for the 2014-2021 time period. After HCD provides comments on this preliminary draft, City staff will respond and update draft and begin the adoption process through the Planning Commission and City Council this summer and fall 2013.
This Preliminary Draft represents the work by City staff to complete a "refinement" of the Housing Element which was certified just over a year ago, January 2012. Public engagement to update the Housing Element, including efforts January to March 2015, are also summarized in the document.
The following links provide both the document in track changes, as required by HCD, and clean version without the edits shown. The City's transmittal letter, along with required questionnaire/forms are also provided.
- City Transmittal Letter and Forms
- Draft Housing Element - edited version
- Draft Housing Element - clean version
If you have any questions concerning the Housing Element update, please contact Greg Martin, Senior Planner with Rincon Consultants, Inc. at (805) 644-4455 ext. 16 or email email@example.com. You may also contact, Dave Ward, Planning Manager at (805) 677-3964 or email firstname.lastname@example.org