Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance Amendments - Backyard Beekeeping, Rooster Keeping Regulations, and Zoning Clearance Expiration Date, and Setbacks for Swimming Pools and Spas
This project consists of amendments to the Ventura County Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance to allow beekeeping accessory to a dwelling (“Backyard Beekeeping” Regulations) in the residential zones, modify and expand rooster keeping regulations to conform with the Ventura County Ordinance Code 4535, and revise expiration date for zoning clearances. These amendments are tentatively scheduled for a Planning Commission public hearing on March 4, 2021 and a tentative Board of Supervisors public hearing on April 6, 2021.
The proposed backyard beekeeping ordinance is still being evaluated by County agencies and will not be presented at the March 4, 2021 Planning Commission. The proposed backyard beekeeping ordinance will be rescheduled to be heard at a future Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors public hearing.
This project consists of a comprehensive update to Articles 1 through 9 of the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance to address grammatical, typographical, and punctuation issues, incorporate Planning Director equivalency and policy determinations, and establish consistency with current local and state laws. Phase I is tentatively scheduled to be completed by 2021.
This project consists of a comprehensive update to Articles 11 through 19 of the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance to address grammatical, typographical, and punctuation issues, incorporate Planning Director equivalency and policy determinations, and establish consistency with current local and state laws. Phase I(b) is tentatively scheduled to be completed by 2021.
Phase II is a comprehensive update to the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance to add new provisions and update current provisions for consistency with the updated General Plan 2040. Phase II will follow adoption of the General Plan in 2020. This project is tentatively scheduled to be completed in 2021 or 2022.
Coastal Zoning Ordinance Amendments to Address Coastal Decks
In October 2019, Planning staff began preparation of amendments to the Coastal Zoning Ordinance that would allow decks to extend into the rear and side setbacks on small coastal parcels as requested by the Board of Supervisors. Staff anticipates that the Coastal Decks amendments will be presented to the Board for adoption by summer 2020.
Non-Coastal Zone Ordinance to Address Landscaping
Since December 1, 2015, the County has been enforcing Governor Brown’s Drought Executive Order (EO B-29-15) and the State’s updated Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO). Within the amendment to the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance, Planning staff will reorganize and update the existing landscaping section to reference State MWELO standards and update existing standards to reflect current practice and pollinator-friendly landscaping standards for discretionary projects. These amendments were recommended for Board adoption by the Planning Commission on December 17, 2020. The draft ordinance documents and video of the hearing are available to the public on the County’s website HERE.
The proposed amendments are tentatively scheduled to be presented to the Board of Supervisors on March 9, 2021. The draft ordinance and hearing documents can be accessed one week before the Board hearing HERE.