What is your vision of Ventura County for the next 20 years?
Equity - Environment - Economy
All three must be balanced for a vibrant county.
- Ventura/Ojai Valley area residents: RSVP to Thursday, March 29 open house.
- Frazier park open house, March 31.
- Community Environmental Justice Workshop - April 9.
- RSVP for April 17 Work Session.
- Send in comment EVEN if Unable to attend on April 17. Please send in your comments in support of policies -
1) to balance equity-environment-economy in land use and
2) building strong Climate Action, including reduction of Ventura County's contribution to Climate Change.
NOTE: Even though the county is asking for your comments regarding the GenPlan to go to their staff, we think your Supervisors need to hear from you.
Please send your comments to BOTH:
- your Supervisor (contact info here)
- Susan Curtis, General Plan Update Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sample comment Re: GenPlan Alternative Concepts Report : Dear Supervisor, Please direct staff to include strong Climate Action in the current phase of the General Plan update that includes balancing equity-environment-economy for a vibrant Ventura County. Policies should be aimed at reducing the county's contribution to Climate Change.
Ventura County is a remarkable place to live, with clean water and air for all residents and visitors. Our exceptional quality of life and economic vibrancy are rooted in regenerative, inclusive, non-toxic stewardship of all aspects of the place we call home. The protection and conservation of our soil, air, water, cultural heritage, natural resources, open spaces, human spirit and creativity are foundations of local policy and governance and together create the framework required for healthy people and a healthy economy.
In the vein of true stewardship, the Ventura County General Plan reflects the county’s ongoing commitment to doing our part within a global society facing the impacts of Climate Change, by continually collaborating with local residents, businesses, agencies, organizations and cities to reduce our green- house gas emissions, and draw down the overall amount of carbon in the atmosphere.
Here is the language CFROG has submitted for the Guiding Principles:
Climate Action Guiding Principle:
Ventura County will: Assess, acknowledge and reduce with all due haste the county’s contributions to Climate Change to meet the strictest, applicable emissions targets.
Environmental Justice Guiding Principle:
Ventura County will: Seek to ensure the protection of residents in disadvantaged communities from disproportionate burdens related to pollution, noxious industries, and risks of environmental hazards.
The public health (Healthy Communities) principle should incorporate environmental justice concerns by being revised as follows:
Ventura County will: Promote economic, social, and physical health and wellness by encouraging walking and biking; ensuring equitable access to clean water and air, parks, public transit, and healthy foods; and integrating Health in All Policies into the built environment.