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SCAG Approves Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) Program for Ventura County

Released December 10, 2020

On December 2, 2020, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) approved Ventura County Council of Governments (VCOG) Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) application totaling $432,000.  HCD's REAP program allows councils of governments (COGs) and other regional entities to collaborate on projects that have a broader regional impact on housing. Grant funding is intended to help regional entities and governments facilitate local housing production that will assist local governments in meeting their Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA). REAP grants are regionally administered by SCAG and awarded only to SCAG’s recognized subregional partners such as VCOG, which represents Ventura County and its 10 incorporated cities.

Hugh Riley, the VCOG Executive Director, expects work to begin by January.  Dr. Chris Williamson, AICP, is under contract with VCOG and will oversee the day-to-day work and deliverables.  The HCD REAP Program is intended to help accelerate housing production by completion of regionally-oriented projects that help jurisdictions adopt their respective 2021-2029 Housing Elements and subsequently implement their programs. Grant funding includes the following projects:


PROJECT 1: REAP Application, Management, and Executive Outreach ($42,330)

Project 1 is primarily the VCOG Executive Director and VCOG staff administering the REAP program, interacting with SCAG, and networking with the 11 VCOG County/City Managers and their senior planning staff.


PROJECT 2: Localized Content for Documents, Presentations, and Public Information Programs ($20,540)

The primary goal of Project 2 is to prepare an “insert” document that presents Housing Element Legislation, highlights changes from prior housing elements, lists Ventura-specific SCAG RTP/SCS Programs and Priorities, lists Final RHNA Allocations, and ‘localizes’ the need for affirmative housing production.  This “RHNA background” is the same for all jurisdictions and would be available for optional use by VCOG jurisdictions in their respective housing elements, CEQA documentations, and/or public presentations and outreach media in early and mid-2021. 


PROJECT 3: Regional Inclusionary Ordinance ($20,540)

The VCOG housing specialist and a local affordable housing attorney Barbara Macri-Ortiz would collect local and best-practices inclusionary ordinances and develop a template zoning code-formatted document with optional sections and standards to be made available to any jurisdiction for its optional use.


PROJECT 4:  Regional ADU Program for Pre-Fabricated and Garage Conversion ADU's ($163,150)

An RFP- selected architectural firm and manufacturer would develop a pre-fabricated stand-alone modular ADU, less expensive than an equivalent site-built ADU and best suited to the VCOG region, and create garage-conversion ADU plans with options, submit the ADU plans to all VCOG jurisdictions for plan check, review plan check corrections, modify the ADU plans to respond to as many plan check corrections as feasible, prepare cost estimates,  and provide the information for posting on a VCOG-sponsored “Regional ADU Program” website for public use


PROJECT 5: Regional CEQA Streamlining VMT Adaptive Management and Mitigation Program ($185,440)

In close cooperation with and eventual adoption by the Ventura County Transportation Commission, Project 5 is intended to streamline CEQA approvals for adoption of 2021-2029 Housing Elements followed by implementing general and specific plan amendments; re-zonings; zoning code and development standards updates and individual housing projects. The final Project 5 deliverable would be a VCTC-adopted regional VMT-reduction optional adaptive management mitigation program for use by any CEQA lead agency to reduce a VMT significant impact to less than significant by choosing VMT-measureable mitigations from the VCTC mitigation list. VCOG jurisdictions (and other CEQA lead agencies) would set their own VMT thresholds of significance and may use other VMT mitigations in addition to, or instead of, the VCTC program.

For additional information, contact the VCOG Executive Director, Hugh Riley, at ridgeriley@msn.com or (805) 217-9448. Addiitional information at venturacog.org

Sunday, December 13, 2020 (All day)

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