Help Shape the Future of Ventura General Plan

In 2020, the City of Ventura launched the first of many public engagement activities to update the General Plan. The theme of the update “Our Vision. Our Future,” reflects the importance of encouraging community members to be involved in shaping Ventura’s quality of life for the next 20 to 30 years.

Wondering how to can get involved? Here are a few frequently asked questions to help guide ways to participate in the process.

Q: What is a General Plan?

A: The General Plan is often referred to as the “blueprint” for the future of a community.

It describes a shared vision and identifies long-term strategies to guide decision making.

Q: Why is it important to update the General Plan now?

A: Cities are not static. They are constantly changing and evolving to meet community needs.

The General Plan seeks to build a framework for maintaining Ventura’s unique charm and character, while creating opportunities to enhance the community’s quality of life. In the State of California, every city and county is required to have an updated “General Plan” to guide growth and changes in land use.

Q: What topics are included in the General Plan?

A: The General Plan is a long-range policy document that defines everything that makes our community special. It covers arts, parks, affordable housing, transportation, economic development, climate change and environmental sustainability, public safety, and more.

Q: Who should get involved and how long does it take to update the General Plan?

A: In short, everyone! The General Plan applies to anyone who lives, works, shops, or spends time in our city. It’s important to gather a diverse range of input. Because community feedback is significant in the update process, preparing an updated General Plan can take up to three years to complete from start to finish.

Q: How do I find out more information?

A: Visit for the latest updates on community meetings, workshops, online surveys, and to join the project email list. The public is also invited to attend or participate in the General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) Meetings, which occur on the third Tuesday of every month.

Get involved today and be part of building Ventura’s future!

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