Habitat Connectivity and Wildlife Corridor Ordinance
County of Ventura Resource Management Agency, Planning Division
The County of Ventura Planning Division’s Habitat Connectivity and Wildlife Corridors Ordinance has received an Award of Excellence from the APA Central Coast Section. The jurors felt that the Habitat Connectivity and Wildlife Corridors Ordinance serves as an excellent example to other jurisdictions interested in preserving critical linkages and biodiversity through an incentive-based approach to land use planning and regulation. The County of Ventura Planning Division’s extensive outreach to stakeholders and the public, and the Division’s efforts to modify the draft ordinance to address stakeholder and public concerns, demonstrate a commitment to both serving the public interest and to protecting habitat and wildlife. The jury acknowledged the County of Ventura Planning Division’s multi-level planning approach, including updates to the General Plan, zoning ordinance, overlay zone, approval regulations, and zoning map amendment, addressing standards ranging from lighting regulations to vegetation management to lot coverage. The jury applauds the County of Ventura’s leadership to develop, adopt, and implement this first-of-its-kind ordinance in the region.