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Posted on: September 1, 2020

Deadline Extended - General Plan Advisory Committee Applications

GPAC Application

The City of Ventura is seeking to form a General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) of 10-15 community representatives to collaborate and provide guidance throughout the General Plan Update process. It is critical that each person appointed to the GPAC be willing to perform all required duties for the duration of the planning process, which is anticipated to last through Spring 2023 and will include approximately 18 GPAC meetings.

GPAC members are volunteers and receive no payment for their work.

Prospective GPAC members should be aware of the following criteria which will be used in evaluating candidates. A GPAC member must:

  1. Be a City of Ventura resident.
  2. Commit the time that is necessary to carry out the duties of a GPAC member. This includes time to learn about and stay abreast of General Plan issues, to attend committee meetings, and perform committee assignments.
  3. Be genuinely interested in General Plan related matters and understand the importance of a General Plan to reflect and advance the needs of the community.
  4. Understand the local community, its social and cultural needs, and be willing to communicate those needs to the committee.
  5. Be able to work with others to reach a common goal.
  6. Be open-minded, intellectually curious, and respectful of the opinions of others.
  7. Have the courage to plan creatively and direct the effective implementation of those plans.
  8. Be able to withstand pressures and prejudice that would restrict or prevent equal service to all.
  9. File a Form 700 Conflict of Interest

What GPAC members do:

  • Serve as an ambassador for the community
  • Be a community advocate for the General Plan Update
  • Provide insight as to how to reach multiple populations
  • Provide insight and advice on potentially controversial issues
  • Understand sensitive community needs

Click here to apply now by Friday, October 30, 2020

Note: when using a mobile device, you must download or save to your device to complete the application.

To read more about the General Plan, visit 

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