The Time is NOW.
Create land use policy that makes clean water and air for all the priority.
Hearing Details: Ventura County is updating the General Plan. This document is the land use "constitution" for the county, governing all land use policy and decisions in the unincorporated areas of the county through 2040. Land use policy decides not only where oil and gas operations are allowed to expand and continue but also where bike paths are put in, where new housing is built, creates the basis for all land use ordinances and permitting rules (includes the NonCoastal Zoning Ordinance). All those rules must be consistent with the General Plan.
This is Ventura County's opportunity to create a strong Climate Action Plan and incorporate Environmental Justice into land use planning - as required now by state law.
Here is sample language for each:
Sample Vision Statement that includes language supporting strong climate action and equitable land use policy:
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 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.
Sample language for 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.
justice concerns by being revised as follows:
Will you JOIN with CFROG on Nov. 9 in asking Ventura County for STRONG Climate Action and Environmental Justice?
Questions? Contact CFROG Executive Director: Kimberly Rivers, ED@CFROG.org, cell: 805-727-1393