Ojai Valley Dark Sky Ordinance Public Review Draft
Available now!

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Photograph: Dave Morrow

In September 2014, the Board of Supervisors directed Planning staff to prepare a Dark Sky Ordinance for the unincorporated areas within the Ojai Valley Municipal Advisory Council jurisdiction in the Ojai Valley. A link to the September 2014 Board hearing and Board Letter can be found here (Item 27).

Although the Ojai Valley is generally rural in nature, the proximity of the unincorporated communities and the City of Ojai, directly south of the Los Padres National Forest makes the Valley vulnerable to growing light pollution. Click on this link to see the growing radiance levels in the Ojai Valley MAC region from 2015 to 2018. You can also access the original map data at www.lightpollutionmap.info.

dark skies map

Planning staff began initial work on this ordinance in April 2017. It is anticipated that this project will be implemented through an overlay zone and associated Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance regulations. Ultimately, all amendments to the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance will be reviewed by the Ojai Valley MAC, the Ventura County Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. Planning staff expects to complete this project by Fall 2018.

The intent of the new ordinance is to achieve the following:

  • Protect and reclaim ability to view the night sky and stars;
  • Greater tranquility and maintenance of the rural ambiance;
  • Minimize light pollution by protecting against direct glare and excessive lighting;
  • Provide standards for efficient and moderate use of outdoor lighting;
  • Promote safe, energy-efficient and cost effective outdoor lighting.

A draft ordinance outlining text amendments to the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance is now ready for public review. See the Public Review Draft available here at this link.

Please note that this is a draft version of the ordinance and is expected to have revisions as the project moves forward. Planning staff is currently scheduled to present the draft ordinance to the Planning Commission on Thursday, July 26, 2018. Based on comments received prior to July 18, 2018, there may be an updated version posted on the Planning Division website here as part of the Planning Commission packet.

INFORMATIONAL / EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS:

Planning staff is preparing some draft informational and educational materials so that residents and business owners can easily understand the draft ordinance.

  • An interactive Story Map to learn more about the draft ordinance.
  • An Informational handout, a one-page summary of the ordinance- Coming soon
  • Frequently Asked Questions- Coming soon

Other Resources:

MEETINGS AND HEARINGS FOR PUBLIC INPUT:

The Planning Division is including opportunities for public input in the following public meetings during the project. Please note that the hearing dates are subject to change. Subscribe to the interested parties mailing list if you would like to receive notifications for the upcoming meetings.

Board of Supervisors Hearing
(date suject to change, please check back to confirm)
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 1:30 P.M
Board of Supervisors Hearings Room,
Hall of Administration,
800 South Victoria Avenue,
Ventura, CA 93009


Planning Commission Hearing
Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 8:30 A.M
Board of Supervisors Hearings Room,
Hall of Administration,
800 South Victoria Avenue,
Ventura, CA 93009
Materials for the hearing will be available here by end of day on July 19, 2018


Ojai Valley MAC meeting - Agenda
Public comments on the Draft Ordinance
Monday, July 16, 2018 at 7:00 P.M
Oak View Community Center
18 Valley Road
Oak View, CA 93022


Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) Meeting
Presentation by Planning staff on the Draft Ordinance
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 9:00 A.M


Ojai Valley MAC meeting - Agenda
Presentation of Initial Concepts for the Dark Sky Ordinance
Monday, April 23, 2018 at 7:00 P.M
Oak View Community Center
18 Valley Road
Oak View, CA 93022

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Please visit this website for periodic updates and public hearing schedules. Any questions regarding the project should be directed to the Project Planner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at (805) 654-2414 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.