Few decisions have greater impact on the quality, reliability, use and overall sustainability of water resources than how and where we grow. The purpose of this plan is to better understand and bridge the disconnect between how we regulate land development and the standards we expect related to watershed health. This document is comprised of four main parts:
- An assessment of existing conditions and policies to identify needs and opportunities.
- A narrative explaining links between land use regulations in Ventura County and watershed health.
- Specific policy recommendations for aligning land use planning, community design and stormwater/watershed management programs.
- Technical review sheets to guide alignment of local codes and planning programs with stormwater and watershed management programs.
Water Resources and Land Use Planning: Watershed-based Strategies for Ventura County
SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS
▼ Revise and update existing code requirements related to Stormwater Management.
▼ For the next General Plan cycle, develop broad themes of joint water/land development objectives.
▼ Elevate the role of sub-area planning as a watershed tool in General Plans and Codes.
▼ Explore use of existing planning tools to delineate sub-regional mitigation programs or RPAMPS and include in integrated water resources management plan.
▼ Improve design of pending capital improvements for permit compliance.
▼ Develop a first year plan for alignment, with notice of changes requiring State or Water Board action.
▼ Create a multi-disciplinary BMP team.
▼ Create a Water Mitigation Enterprise Fund.
▼ Create specialized “menu combinations” of BMPs based on the land development context and pollutants of concern.
▼ Scope out neighborhoods where pollutant/volume loading is high yet where developer driven BMP installment potential is low.
▼ Begin to develop hydromodification control strategies related to land development,
redevelopment and retrofit.
▼ Implement a Watershed Wide EIR and premap a compact/redevelopment preferred
▼ Explore software to track smart growth, structural and non-structural BMPs.