The County of Ventura is seeking public input on a proposed Vision and set of Guiding Principles that will be integrated into the General Plan. This questionnaire is not a scientific poll, rather it is one of the many ways that the public can share their thoughts about the proposed Vision and Guiding Principles.  Input may be provided through an online questionnaire, by submitting an email of your comments directly to project staff, by mailing written comments via the U.S. Postal Service, or by submitting written comments to the County of Ventura, Planning Division in person.  Public comments may also be shared during any of the General Plan Update Planning Commission or Board of Supervisors Work Sessions or Hearings.

Written comments may be sent via email to generalplanupdate@ventura.org or to the the County of Ventura's Planning Division at:

Attn: General Plan Update RMA Planning Division 800
S. Victoria Avenue, CA 93009-1740
This comment period for this online questionnaire will remain open and available for public use until October 20, 2017. After that date, the public may continue providing public comment by contacting Planning Division staff or providing comment at public meetings. For contact information of General Plan Update project staff, visit http://vc2040.org/contact-us/.
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How were the proposed Vision and Guiding Principles developed?

Public input received during outreach conducted last summer was analyzed by staff and added to guidance provided by the County's Board of Supervisors earlier in the project. Based on this input, staff drafted a proposed Vision and set of Guiding Principles that were shared with the Ventura County Planning Commission during a public work session held on June 8, 2017. Planning Commissioners worked with staff and members of the public during the work session to refine the Vision and Guiding Principles and this version is now available for the public to review.

The following questionnaire will help staff, the Planning Commission, and the Board of Supervisors determine whether the proposed Vision and Guiding Principles align with your values and represent principles that are important to you.
 
The following questions are related to the Vision for the General Plan Update. A vision statement is intended to be aspirational. It describes what the County wants to become through the implementation of the General Plan and establishes a framework and

 
To what extent does the Vision Statement  below match your values for Ventura County?

Ventura County is a remarkable place to live, work and play. Our exceptional quality of life and economic vitality is rooted in the stewardship of our cultural resources, rich natural resources including our world class beaches, fertile agricultural plains, and scenic mountains, and our talented residents. The General Plan reflects the County’s ongoing commitment to collaborate with Ventura County’s residents, cities, businesses, and non-profit organizations  to address our environmental, social, and economic needs in a sustainable manner, and allow our safe, healthy, vibrant and diverse communities to thrive.   


 
Is there anything related to the proposed Vision that you think should be added or removed?

 
The following questions are related to the Guiding Principles for the General Plan Update. Guiding Principles are central ideas that articulate the County’s commitment to achieving the Vision of the General Plan. They establish the framework for the i

 
To what extent does this Land Use and Community Character guiding principle match your values?

Direct urban growth away from agricultural, rural  and open space lands, in favor of locating it in cities and unincorporated communities where public facilities, services, and infrastructure are available or can be provided. 


 
To what extent does this Economic Vitality guiding principle match your values?

Foster economic and job growth that is responsive to the evolving needs and opportunities of the County’s economy, while enhancing our quality of life and promoting environmental sustainability.  


 
To what extent does this Agriculture guiding principle match your values?

Encourage the long-term viability of Ventura County’s agricultural economy by conserving agricultural lands and supporting a diverse and globally-competitive agricultural industry.  


 
To what extent does this Circulation/Transportation/Mobility guiding principle match your values?

Support the development of a balanced and coordinated multi-modal transportation network that meets the mobility and accessibility needs of all residents, businesses and visitors.


 
To what extent does this Housing guiding principle match your values?

Provide affordable and equitable housing opportunities by preserving the existing housing supply and supporting diverse new housing types.


 
To what extent does this Conservation and Open Space guiding principle match your values?

Manage the County's natural resources, such as soils, water, air quality, minerals, and wildlife and its habitat. 


 
To what extent does this Water Resources guiding principle match your values?

Manage water resources in a manner that addresses current demand without compromising the ability to meet future demand, and balances the needs of urban and agricultural uses while sustaining ecosystem health. 


 
To what extent does this Public Facilities and Services guiding principle match your values?

Invest in infrastructure and services, including renewable energy, to promote economic vitality, ensure public safety, and improve our quality of life. 


 
To what extent does this Health and Safety guiding principle match your values?

Invest in infrastructure and services, including renewable energy, to promote economic vitality, ensure public safety, and improve our quality of life. Minimize risks to residents, businesses and visitors from human-caused hazards such as hazardous materials, noise, air and water pollution, as well as natural hazards such as flooding, wildland fires, and geologic events.


 
To what extent does this Climate Change and Resilience guiding principle match your values?

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions to achieve mandated targets, and increase resilience to the effects of climate change. 


 
To what extent does this Healthy Communities guiding principle match your values?

Promote economic, social, and physical health and wellness by promoting access to the arts, and by encouraging walking, biking, access to healthy foods, and integrating Health in All Policies into the built environment.   


 
Is there anything related to the Guiding Principles for the General Plan Update that you think should be added or removed?

Guiding Principle A: Land Use and Community Character
Guiding Principle B: Economic Vitality
Guiding Principle C: Agriculture
Guiding Principle D: Circulation/Transportation/Mobility
Guiding Principle E Housing
Guiding Principle F: Conservation and Open Space
Guiding Principle G: Water Resources
Guiding Principle H: Public Facilities and Services
Guiding Principle I: Health and Safety
Guiding Principle J: Climate Change and Resilience
Guiding Principle K: Healthy Communities
 
As part of our outreach efforts, it is important to determine whether we are reaching residents, business-owners, and other stakeholders from throughout the unincorporated County.  Answers to the following questions will help staff make that determinatio

All questions are optional and may be skipped by clicking the downward facing arrow at the bottom right portion of the screen.
 
Where do you live?


 
If you live in unincorporated Ventura County (i.e. outside of a city), please select the appropriate geographic category:


 
Where is the general location of your place of employment?


 
If your place of employment is located in unincorporated Ventura County (i.e. outside of a city), please select the appropriate geographic category:


 
Are you interested in receiving email communications related to the County of Ventura General Plan Update?


 
If you answered YES, place your preferred email address below:

If you answered NO in the previous questions, leave the question blank or enter "NO" as a response.
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