Community Development

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The Community Development Department is responsible for planning and zoning, building and safety, code enforcement and housing and redevelopment for the City of Ventura. Our department works to ensure that new construction and additions to existing structures meet the policies and guidelines that have been established for public safety, zoning and development.

The Community Development Department also works with various city commissions that help guide and advise the City Council regarding growth in the city. Many projects that come before the city for review are presented to one or more commissions or committees for recommendations to the City Council.

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    Upcoming Coffee Chats with Community Development

    Community members are invited to join City staff from Community Development for upcoming coffee chats held throughout Ventura. The next event is on Friday, March 31, 2023, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Read on...
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    Planning Courtesy Notices February 22, 2023 - Revised

    Planning Courtesy Notices February 22, 2023 - Revised Read on...
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    Foul Weather Shelter Plan

    Community members can donate supplies for the City’s Foul Weather Shelter through March 31, 2023. Additional Info...
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    Draft Local Coastal Program Amendment

    Notice of Availability and Notice of Hearings. San Buenaventura Municipal Code Amendment to Amend Division 24 (Zoning Regulations) for Streamlining Purposes. Read on...
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    Form-Based Code Overlays

    The City of Ventura recently adopted its 6th Cycle (2021-2029) in January 2022. There were several new housing sites that were identified in the Housing Element, one on Telegraph Road and a few on Johnson Drive. Read on...
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    Development Map

    This is a working map that will be regularly updated to keep the community informed of the development activities occurring in the city. Read on...
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    Cannabis Information

    Latest updates and information regarding commercial cannabis in the City of Ventura. Additional Info...
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    New Building Express Insta-Permits

    Customers can now receive certain residential permits instantly through Ventura's Online Permit Services (OPS). Permit types include replacements for windows, water heaters, plumbing, roofing, and more! Read on...
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