Sidewalks Community Meeting


Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Lighthouse Church, 6200 Montalvo Dr.

Ventura city planning staff will return to Montalvo for a follow-up meeting regarding the sidewalks project.  See previous posts:

Sisewalks Update

We’re hoping to see many of your suggestions from the last meeting integrated into the most recent design.  Hope to see you there, especially if your property will be impacted by construction along Moon Dr, Grand Ave, Bristol Rd or James Ave.

Sidewalks Update Nov. ’18


The City of Ventura Transportation Division would like to engage Ventura residents during the planning process for the upcoming Montalvo neighborhood bicycle and pedestrian improvements.  The designs are currently in progress and set for first phase completion in April/May, 2019.   Groundbreaking will be in the Fall of 2020.  The MCC will partner with city engineers to host an informational session.

Montalvo Neighborhood Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements Info Session
Tuesday, Dec 4
Lighthouse Church, 6200 Montalvo Dr, Ventura

Please mark your calendars and plan to come prepared with any questions or concerns.  You may also contact the team directly if your property will be directly impacted by construction along Moon Dr, Grand Ave, Bristol Rd, James Ave, Bell St, and potentially Katherine Ave.

Below you can see an old version of an early planning scope created by the MCC.  There will be much more detailed information available at the meeting.




R-1, Low-Density Zoning

Monday, July 17, 2018, the Ventura City Council (finally) voted to accept or shoot down the General Plan Refinement process that’s been going on and off since 2014. The Planning Commission voted it down last April and it was now before the City Council to accept or reject.

The MCC Board feared that if this Refinement Plan was voted against, our efforts over the past 4+ years would be for not; and we could not revisit this again until the 2021 General Plan community engagement process. Which could be in another 3-5 years! In the interim, our community would have a target on us for developers to come in and possibly build condos, apartments and other types of higher density housing next to or in place our current single-family homes. The Board decided to force the City Council to hear us in a final attempt to address this issue. It was a gamble and we needed our little community to rally, but it kind of worked!

The Bad News- We did not get the 36’/45’ Victoria Corridor height restrictions we hoped for. Those were voted against 4-2. At this time, it appears that that issue will be revisited during the community engagement process for the 2021 General Plan. It’s not dead, it’s going into a long hibernation!

The Good News- The Council agreed 6-0 to accept our request to correct and protect ALL Montalvo Neighborhood residences currently zoned  R-1 (Single Family Residential) need to be matched with the Land Use designation of Neighborhood – Low Density (0 – 8 dwelling units per acre). &  All Montalvo Neighborhood residences currently zoned R-2 (duplexes) need to be matched with the Land Use designation of Neighborhood – Medium Density (9 to 20 dwelling units per acres). This will match the current zoning to the corresponding land use designation in the Montalvo Annexation area. All 200+ homes that were at risk are now protected! A huge victory for Montalvo!!

Other victories…

1)  We have heard that this was the most letters sent in on a single issue before this City Council in memory.
2)  We now have R-1 properties adjacent to the commercial zones. This will hopefully strengthen our positions for the Alameda residents about height when it comes up again.
3) The city council heard us loud and clear about the height concerns on the Victoria Corridor. Future (costly) commerce studies will need to be completed and civic engagement with our community will take place prior to 2021 General Plan. So… we’ll need you all and more to rally again when that time comes!!

Thank you to all who wrote in. It truly helped our cause! We also had folks come down and support the speakers and fill out additional comment cards. But most importantly, were those who spoke passionately, eloquently and clearly on our behalf. We owe them a huge debt! We definitely made a presence at this meeting! 

Want to hear what they said?? Click this link to the video –>

I tried to edit down the 3+ hours meeting to ONLY the Montalvo sections. If you have :24 minutes, please watch your neighbors speak to the council (the first half of the video). If you want to see the Council discuss and later vote, continue watching. Total video is 0:55 min long.

THANK YOU to everyone who lent their time, voices, emails, etc helping us on this important cause over the past four years. It is a reminder that as a community they may try to wear us down, but we are stronger & louder when we band together! They heard us!

VPD and Homelessness in Ventura

At the MCC Community Meeting on 6/5/18 Ventura Police Department presented the following information.


Panhandling Alternatives

24/7 Assistance Hotline
Dial 211

A presentation made by VPD to the Ventura City Council on 4/16/18 can be viewed here:

Safe and Clean – Addressing Homelessness and Chronic Vagrancy

We’ve Grown!

At the 06/05/18 MCC Community Meeting, the vote was unanimous to expand our current MCC boundaries to match that of the upcoming Voting District 6. We look forward to new ideas and participation from expanding our membership. Additionally, after the November election, we will have a city council member who represents District 6 and our specific needs and concerns. We hope to host District 6 candidates in a future MCC Public Meeting to meet and answer your questions. More to come!

MCC 2018 Bounderies

Find out more about the new Ventura voting districts coming later this year!

City Of Ventura Montalvo Map

The NEW Voting District 6 includes ALL of the current Montalvo Community and expands east to Montgomery Ave., including part of the current Serra Community
per the City of Ventura Neighborhood map:
The green area is the previous unincorporated Montalvo area
(prior to September 2012)

Ventura Planning Communities Map_Montalvo

MCC Community Meeting (3/20/18)

03-20-18 MCC Agenda
MCC Community Meeting (Open to the public and neighboring communities)
6:30pm – 8:15pm
(**not our usual Four-Square Church meeting place**)
Seed Communities Church 2734 Johnson Dr., Ventura, CA 93003

6:30p Welcome
6:35p-7:00p Ventura Police Department Presentation/Update
– District 6 Crime Report  (SEE BELOW)
7:00p-7:30 Ventura City Council Member Speaker – Christy Weir
– Various issues, including New Voting Districts (Montalvo District 6) & in Pipeline Projects in our district (Johnson Dr.)
7:30-7:50p Discussion on Future Montalvo Community Council Boundary Expansion
based upon the New 2018 Ventura District-Based Election Map
7:50-8:00p Upcoming General Plan Changes  It’s finally here!
-Discuss highlights the proposed General Plan Refinement updates for the Victoria Corridor & Montalvo Adoption By Ventura Planning Commission/City Council
Coming This Spring!
Please read the MCC response to the upcoming
2018 Ventura General Plan Refinement
8:00-8:05p Montalvo Recycling Fundraiser – Dan Farmer
Montalvo Recycled Aluminum Drive (MRAD)
8:05p-8:15p Wrap Up
May 1st Next MCC Public Meeting (Tentative)
MCC Zone 6
New Ventura Election Map Zone 6 (& proposed Montalvo Community Council boundaries)


Montalvo Community 2017 Highlights

January – Montalvo Community Council Public Meeting 1/24/2017
Presentation by Mr. Peter Goldenring for proposed project for a Starbucks Drive-thru near the north-west corner property of Victoria & Moon (where DW’s Country Cafe currently is). Followed by Q&A DW’s Country Cafe currently is). Followed by Q&A

Mr. Kim presented his proposal for a Senior Care/Dementia Care facility at south-west corner (3 parcels) of Alameda & 8th Street. Followed by Q&A

Some passionate Montalvoites later attended the City Planning Commission Meeting

February –  Montalvo Community Council Public Meeting 2/28/2017
Cpl. Munger of the Ventura Police Department will be gave us a crime update on the area. We asked about how Neighborhood Watch works.

Presentation by Dave Ward, AICP City of Ventura Community Development Planning Manager to present info on the Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance (ADUs) which replaces the “second units” ordinance. Followed by Q&A

March – Montalvo Sidewalks Funded!
The city of Ventura’s proposal for a “safe route to school” in our neighborhood has been funded to the tune of 1.38 million dollars.

May & June – Planning Commission Meeting at City Hall 5/11/17 & 6/15/17
Some passionate Montalvoites attended the Planning Commission Meeting at City Hall and spoke before the commissioners.  They expressed their concern about the possibility of a code change that would allow-drive thru establishments within the Victoria Corridor.   Noise and light pollution, increased traffic, loose trash, individuals loitering, and CO2 emissions were some of the points addressed.
At the June 15 meeting the MCC Board was pleased to hear the passing of a motion which will:
1. Allow for drive-thru establishments (food and services) in the Victoria Corridor by Conditional Use Permit only.
2. Protect the existing Moon Drive Overlay by not allowing any drive-thrus along this section of the Victoria Corridor.

June – Montalvo Community Council Public Meeting 6/6/2017
Commander Payne of the Ventura Police Department will be gave us a crime update on the area.

General Plan Refinement Proposal for Montalvo & Victoria Corridor (latest iteration) presented by Ventura Planning Staff. This issue will be going to the City of Ventura Planning Commission most likely in July, and to City Council in September (it has not yet). This also included height requirements along The Victoria Corridor.

Ventura Community Development Director Spoke about the AutoCenter Specific Sign Plan with Video Presentation and Q&A discussion.

July – Water Rate Increase 7/1/17
Rate increase form Sewer Service now being provided by the City of Ventura

September – New Hill Rd. Library Opens

September – Montalvo Community Council Public Meeting 9/5/2017
A representative from Ventura Public Works made a presentation and answered questions regarding the proposed water well (Mound Well No. 3) project behind the church. The attendees had a brief site visit. We were later invited to a the running Saticoy Pump some weeks later for a site visit. Water Well Information

October – Administrative Hearing for Mound Well No. 3 At City Hall  10/17/2017
Some passionate Montalvoites attended the City Hall Meeting to voice their sound and safety concerns for the project. Water Well Information

November – MCC Shares City of Ventura’s District Map Proposal 11/26/17
Public Hearings at City Hall 12/4/17 & 12/11/17
To be discussed at December’s MCC Community Meeting

December – MCC Annual Community Meeting 12/5/17