County planners meet Sept. 2 on how to add 1,262 housing units in unincorporated areas

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Ventura County’s plans to meet housing needs in the unincorporated areas of the county are addressed in the latest draft of the county Housing element, which goes to the county Planning Commission on Thursday, Sept. 2, at 8:30 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room.

Due to the pandemic, in-person participation at Planning Commission hearings will not be allowed, but people can participate remotely, as described in this article.
The unincorporated area of the county has about 31,838 households and includes areas of the county that are not under the jurisdiction of cities. Locally, that would be parts of the Ojai Valley, including Upper Ojai.

The proposed Housing Element incorporates new state law requirements and addresses the availability, affordability, and adequacy of the housing supply. For more information and to link to the revised 341-page Draft Housing Element, visit

To watch an Aug. 4 webinar about it in English and Spanish, visit 

The county is required to update its plan every eight years.

The proposed Housing Element defines strategies and programs that will serve residents in all socioeconomic groups. In addition to updating housing policies and programs from the current planning period (2013-2021), the 2021-2029 Housing Element incorporates the following major components:

a. A series of goals, policies, and programs to further develop, improve, and preserve housing, with an emphasis on low-income and special-needs housing

b. Identification and analysis of existing and projected housing needs

c. An assessment of affirmatively furthering fair housing

d. An analysis of governmental and nongovernmental constraints to meeting identified housing needs

e. Identification of sufficient land to accommodate the state-mandated allocation of 1,262 housing units in the unincorporated areas of the county

f. An evaluation of the current housing programs and accomplishments

g. A summary of public outreach and engagement efforts related to the Housing
Element update.

For information on how the public can participate and comment during the hearing, visit https:/ . That link will provide information on the Zoom video and call-in public comment options for participating in this hearing, including registration requirements.
The registration deadline to provide comments at this hearing is Wednesday, Sept. 1, by 3:30 p.m. An email with the Zoom meeting link and password will be sent once your registration has been approved.

Additionally, there will also be the opportunity to listen and participate in Spanish. To do so, email the recording secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 3:30 p.m. Sept. 1, the day prior to the Planning Commission hearing.

Provide your full name, email, phone number, and indicate if you would like to make a comment. Include in the subject line of the email the words “Spanish Participation.” An email with the Zoom meeting link and password will be sent once your registration has been approved. The Spanish version of the presentation will be recorded and posted on the project webpage.
If you just want to listen in on the hearing, the Planning Commission hearing will be live streamed on the county's Planning Commission webpage at

Ventura County Planning staff received a compliance letter from the California Department of Housing and Community Development stating that the county's draft 2021-2029 Housing Element is in compliance with state Housing Element law. The draft 2021-2029 Housing Element is shown in tracked changes to show the cumulative revisions made to the document since it was submitted to HCD for review in March.

Additionally, the Planning Commission Packet provides a table that summarizes the revisions made since the draft Housing Element was presented to the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 9.






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