UPDATE: Mon, April 9: 10:30am - CFROG has been notified that the Board will vote in the morning to remove this item from the agenda - BUT if you are able to attend it is still important to ensure they remove it, AND that they see the public's interest in this issue. Keep submitting comments to: email@example.com Re. Item #43
Breaking News: Two Ventura County supervisors propose prohibiting the public from filing appeals on "ministerial" zoning clearance projects - this can include more oil wells on old land use permits.
- have no public notice.
- have no public hearing.
- include no environmental or health impact review.
- Ventura county views them all as ministerial, whether they are for a backyard gazebo or expanding an oil and gas field.
In many cases when appeals are filed, the problem is the way the project is analyzed and an appeal is the public's only remedy of holding local government accountable for protecting public health and the environment.
For example: County planning is currently processing a zoning clearance application for 79 new wells on the Oxnard Plain taking farmland to make new drill pads for wells that will extract dirty tar sands using cyclic steam.
And tell the Supervisors to maintain the public's right to appeal.
If the county approves this zoning clearance on the Oxnard Plain should the public be able to file an appeal if the county failed to properly study potential impacts OR should the public be forced to rely on the 1955 approval with no environmental review, no cumulative impact study?
Map: Shows the HBH Ranch Lease location where an operator has filed for a zoning clearance for 79 new tar sands, cyclic steam wells. HERE Is the zoning clearance application for this project.
On Tuesday, April 10, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors will consider a proposal brought by Supervisors' Peter Foy (Dist. 4) and Kelly Long (Dist. 3) asking the Board to approve their request to have county counsel draft a new ordinance that would prohibit the public from filing appeals on zoning clearances issued by the county.
This action, if approved would fly in the face of the public's right to an administrative remedy should the county fail to properly process the zoning clearance.
- Write & Call Your Supervisors TODAY and tell them:
1. Do not approve the proposed change to rules about appealing zoning clearances and maintain the publics right to participate in the process with an administrative remedy.
2. The public has a right to a remedy for all approvals of ministerial actions in order to hold the county accountable for doing a proper review.
Send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
All supervisors will see your comment (if you sent directly to supervisors that is GREAT!)
CFROG Photo: current HBH Ranch lease cyclic steam operation on Sturgis Road, county is processing application for 79 more cyclic steam wells to extract tar sands without any public health or environmental review.