Central Ventura County Fire Safe Announces Dates for Free Chipper Days

Yard Waste Flyer

Central Ventura County Fire Safe Council
Contact: Jenise Wagar-Hernandez, 805.804.7735
For Immediate Release – March 28, 2018
Central Ventura County Fire Safe Announces Dates for Free Chipper Days
The Central Ventura County Fire Safe Council (CVCFSC) is pleased to share the calendar for 17 Chipper Day events that will assist homeowners throughout western Ventura County with a free and easy way to create defensible space around their homes.

Funding is provided by a grant from the Cooperative Fire Program of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Pacific Southwest Region, through the California Fire Safe Council. The CVCFSC is working with the Ventura County Fire Protection District, and Fire Departments from the cities of Ventura, Santa Paula and Fillmore to implement the project.

According to CVCFSC Project Manager Charlotte Crocker, “We are honored to receive this
federal grant to expand our fire mitigation and education efforts . This project gives us a unique opportunity to collaborate with local Ventura County fire agencies. In light of the recent Thomas Fire we are proud to be able to offer such a valuable service to residents, supporting them in their efforts to make their property fire-safe”. Sustained high temperatures and drought conditions over the past five years have created dangerous fire conditions and chipping is a great way to clear your property of potential fire hazards. In addition, the grant provides funding for a community education and outreach campaign designed to teach residents ways to keep their property safe and to mitigate damage from potential fires. Youth workshops are currently underway through a partnership with the City of Ventura at Montalvo Elementary, DATA and Westpark Community Center and sessions are being planned in Piru, Fillmore and Santa Paula in
conjunction with the Santa Clara Valley Boys and Girls Club.

The dates for the Chipper Days are available on the CVCFSC website at www.cvcfiresafe.org

Two types of Chipper Days will be offered:
Curbside– Residents are asked to pile yard waste in a location easily accessible by the chipping vehicle. Residents must pre-register for free timeslot at www.cvcfiresafe.org
Drop-off- Simply drop off eligible yard waste at the location designated. Residents are asked to sign up for a time slot at www.cvcfiresafe.org. The first 25 to sign up on-line will receive a free homeowner toolkit backpack.

There are specific requirements related to the type of material that can be chipped, so residents are encouraged to visit the website for details. Residents may call 805.402.6092 for more information.

Mound Well No. 3 (Montalvo Project) UPDATE

At the last MCC public meeting we mentioned we would share the latest on this project.
Any questions, please reach out to Don Nielsen directly.

From: Nielsen, Don [mailto:dnielsen@cityofventura.ca.gov]
Sent: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 11:36 AM
To: John Richey
Cc: Dejarme, Chris; Holt, Iain
Subject: (External):RE: Mound Well No. 3 (Montalvo Project)

Hello John,

You are correct in your assessment that many of the City’s projects were put on hold due to the Thomas Fire, which has resulted in us not being able to make substantial progress on the project; this in term resulted in no new updates being sent out. At this time, the approval document is still being updated to incorporate the changes as required by the hearing officer and pending the revised site plan. I do know that Public Works did go to the City Council to request the funds for the project – this does not mean any building permits have been issued, it is just funding.

In terms of the noise issue, the Administrative Hearing Officer placed a new condition on the project which requires that the project demonstrates compliance with the City’s Noise Ordinance (SBMC Ch. 10) and the Industrial Performance Standards (SBMC Sec. 24.470), and which ever one is the most restrictive shall apply.

If you have any other questions, please let me know.

Donald Nielsen

Associate Planner
City of Ventura
805.654.7560 f

From: John Richey
Sent: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 10:52 AM
To: Nielsen, Don
Cc: Dejarme, Chris; Holt, Iain
Subject: Mound Well No. 3 (Montalvo Project)

Good Morning Don,

I was hoping you could give us any updates we can share with the Montalvo Community in regards to any updates or the questions/concerns raised during the public comment portion in the Administrative Hearing for Mound Well No. 3 At City Hall 10/17/2017. I imagine and understand that the Thomas Fire has possibly tabled many projects for a time.

I was in attendance at that meeting, and sound concerns for the pump (not addressed in the 2017 CEQA Report) were raised to staff at that time with no answers available at that time. We were advised that if we wanted updates concerning the pump noise levels, updated CEQA report, etc, we could reach out to you. I have your card in hand from that meeting. I was also told by some residents who made requests to you post meeting, they have yet to be updated. I am requesting that I be added to that information distribution list for this project, and that if you can, please share any updates/findings so we can keep our concerned community updated. Nor can I find a recording of that meeting on the city site to share.

We’ve had no new info to share since September 2017: https://montalvocc.wordpress.com/2017/09/

Thank you,

John Richey

Montalvo Crime Report

Good news. Crime in Montlavo is down!

Commander Dickey of the Ventura Police Department shared this report with the attendees of this week’s Montalvo Community Council (public) meeting. He also answered questions from the attendees.

Report all suspicious activity or persons

If your incident is an emergency, call 911. If non-emergency call 805-339-4400 or 805-650-8010 (24/7 non-emergency dispatch number).

MCC Mtg Police Dec. 2017

Interactive Crime Map & Reporting Districts


Some Crime Prevention Tips from the Ventura PD

NEW City of Ventura District-Based Election Map (Update)

December 18th Update:  City Council unanimously selected Map 11 Revised as the City of Ventura District-Based Election Map, determined sequencing as 2018 Election (Districts 1, 4, 5 and 6) and 2020 Election (District 2, 3 and 7), and Introduced Ordinance Implementing District-Based Elections.  

December 4th update: Council Narrows the Focus to Four Maps

On December 4th, the City Council unanimously decided to narrow the list of maps down to four maps: Revised Map11 and existing Maps 16, 22, and 23.

Use this link to view all Maps on the online interactive viewer to view the Focus Maps.
2017 MONTALVO DISTRICT 6 MAPNew Proposed Montlavo Voting District #6 for the 2018 Election

2017 VENTURA DISTRICT MAPNEW Proposed City of Ventura District-Based Election Map Zones

More information about this vote can be found on The VC Star’s website:



MCC Annual Community Meeting

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Montalvo Community Council (Public Meeting/Election)
Tuesday, January 23 6:30-8:15pm
Lighthouse Church, 6200 Montalvo Dr

(Meeting was postponed from 12/05/17 Due to the Thomas Fire)

Join us for this important meeting which will include presentations by Ventura Police Department and CAPS media, a year-in-review, and elections for the following MCC board positions:

The Chair shall preside at all meetings of the Executive Board and General Council. The Chair is the official spokesperson and representative for the Council.
MCC Board recommendation: Mark Abbe

The Treasurer will have access to and custody of all funds of the Council and accept and expend funds as directed by a majority vote of the Executive Board or General Council at any official meeting. The Treasurer shall also present a quarterly Treasurer’s report at all General and Board meetings, prepare a year-end financial statement, prepare and file all tax forms, and make the books available for audit as directed by the Board.
MCC Board recommendation: Betsey Holt

Board Member At-Large
Duties will vary as needed.
MCC Board recommendation: Dan Farmer

Nominees will consist of a slate of nominees selected by a nominating committee together with persons nominated from the floor during the Annual Meeting. A person nominated from the floor must be present to accept the nomination.


Community Meeting
6:30pm – 8:15pm
Location: Lighthouse Foursquare Church
Meeting called by: MCC Board

6:30p Welcome

MCC 2017 Activity Year End Highlights

6:40p-7:00p Ventura Police Department Montalvo Update
7:00p-7:15 Ventura CAPS Presentation
7:15-7:35 Surfrider Foundation Presentation
(See info below)


7:35-7:45p Montalvo Recycling Fundraiser – Dan Farmer  


7:45-8:00p (2017) MCC Board Elections (Postponed from December due to Fires)
Board Chair, Treasurer, & Member At-Large seats are up for election to all Only current MCC members can vote or run for offices.
8:00-8:15p Discuss Future MCC Border Expansion

[Open Forum]

Discuss any public questions for the MCC Board

Discuss what the community would like to see the council do for the neighborhood.

Think of topics for future meetings.


Date TBD Next MCC Public Meeting

SurfRider Handout

2018 Surfrider campaigns links rev-rdc

City of Ventura – Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance (08/04/17)

From: “Ward, David” <dward@cityofventura.ca.gov>
Date: Aug 4, 2017 8:34 AM
Subject: City of Ventura – Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance

Good Morning. You are receiving this email because you have expressed interest in the City’s “ADU” ordinance.

Please note that an Errata Memo No.1 for Agenda Item #4 is now posted online.  The errata memo contains information related to Attachment B.  It is the redline version (strike-through and underline) of the proposed Ordinance Amendment.  Below are the two different hyperlinks to access the document:    

Through the updated agenda:  https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/AgendaCenter/Planning-Commission-19

To view the Errata Memo only:  https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/9186

This redline version provides an alternative method to review the Draft Ordinance already contained in the published PC Staff Report. While the Errata is voluminous, please note the actual changes are small as you will see right away by flipping through the pages. For example if only one term ADU is inserted on only one page, it may be within existing code section that when shown in full is several pages long with remain unchanged. We used yellow highlights to try to make these edits jump out as you make your way through it.

As a reminder, on the Agenda’s first page is the methods to provide written comment with due date of Monday at 5 pm with number of copies necessary and page limit as well as written comment on the hearing date of August 9th itself, also with page limit and number of copies for you to bring to the hearing.

If you attend to speak at the hearing, there are public speaker card to fill out in the front of chambers. There are also comment cards to provide a short comment if you prefer not to speak but want to share your opinion on the ordinance. The Planning Commission welcomes both approaches to engage in the public hearing process.

See you on Wednesday night!

Dave Ward, AICP
Community Development Planning Manager
City of Ventura
501 Poli Street
Ventura, CA 93001
805.677.3964 office
805.654.7560 fax

“Collaborating with our Neighbors to Create a Thriving, Prosperous, Safe and Sustainable Ventura.”

City of Ventura Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Draft Ordinance Release (07/28/17)

From: “Ward, David” <dward@cityofventura.ca.gov>
Date: Jul 28, 2017 10:03 PM
Subject: City of Ventura Accessory Dwelling Unit Draft Ordinance Release

Good Evening

You are receiving this email because you have expressed interest in the adoption of an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance.

You may review the Planning Commission Staff Report and Draft Ordinance by clicking here:


ADU is Item No. 4 on the agenda. Please note on the first page of the agenda is an informational box that describes how you can participate in the public hearing process and methods to provide input if you cannot attend the hearing on August 9th. The Planning Commission does value your interest (as does staff) so I hope you can participate.

Couple of notes as you review the Staff Report and attachments:

  • The 11 page staff report highlights the major provisions of the ADU standards and gives rationale and context to the proposed standards.
  • Most attachments are maps and graphics
  • The Ordinance is Attachment B, contained as Exhibit A of the PC Resolution. While it is about 25 pages, note that the standards are in the first 8 pages; the rest of the pages are all the different zoning regulations across numerous documents (Development Codes) that must be updated with ADU term and then remove old 2nd unit regulations. Therefore if you read through the 8 pages you are informed of the new rules, but you are welcome to read the rest to understand each Development Code that is updated.
  • One attachment is the summary of fees that was contained in the Update Email from last week. No fees or amounts have changed, it is just provided in a different graphical format.
  • Public Comment letters are the ones I received during the Interim Ordinance process.

I hope you find the report informative and helpful as you engage in adoption process. While the August 9th hearing has this item as No. 4, the earlier items may move rather quickly.

Thank you

Dave Ward

City of Ventura Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance – Update No. 2 (7/21/17)

From: “Ward, David” <dward@cityofventura.ca.gov>
Date: Jul 21, 2017 2:38 PM
Subject: City of Ventura Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance — Update No. 2

Greetings –

You are receiving this email because you have expressed an interest in the City’s development of the permanent Accessory Dwelling Unit “ADU” Ordinance in Ventura. I had anticipated an additional update prior to this one, but unfortunately with workload on previously directed City ordinances and trying to fit in the unexpected ADU ordinance taken longer to complete this effort and now the goal is trying to finalize and get into adoption process. However, staff is nearly there!

Hearing Dates

The Planning Commission will consider the ADU ordinance on August 9th. You will all get an email announcement and that will link you to the staff report and methods to engage with the Planning Commission on either July 28th or 31st.  The Planning Commission will complete technical review of the ordinance and provide recommendation to the City Council. I am targeting September 18th as the City Council hearing, but that could slip a week or two, depending on what happens at the Planning Commission. Our Planning Commission welcomes participation through letters and through comment or speaker cards during the hearing itself.

ADU Standards

The forthcoming Planning Commission report will contain a summary of the ordinance components, highlighting policy consistency and key standards for the Planning Commission to advise staff and the City Council, plus attachments will helpful information related to our analysis effort. In general, the standards will contain the following:

  • do keep the unit size at a maximum of 750 square feet but we have incorporated the increased lot coverage and “rear yard” coverages when an ADU is sought;
  • height standards match the primary unit height if attached, 14 feet if detached in a rear yard, and only allows a 2nd story if on existing garage per the state law;
  • design/compatibility standards for rear or side facing windows on an 2nd story with translucent glazing and limited window opening to help with privacy on adjacent lots;
  • replacement parking for a converted garage while can be uncovered and tandem, will not be allowed on open space areas (so on driveways);
  • parking for the ADU will be rarely required due to the availability of public transit within ½ mile of the property;
  • building separation of 10 feet is maintained but there may be methods to reduce based upon case by case assessment of the Fire and Building Code; and lastly
  • the owner-occupant standard is retained to allow the Planning Commission to hear from the community and provide direction but the comments received have remained at about 60/40  split with the dominant voice to not have this requirement.

Regarding Historic Districts:  an ADU will be possible but not under ministerial review. Depending on the guidelines of the specific district, Historic Preservation Committee and Design Review Committee review will be required. However, the review will be limited to colors, materials or architectural features, not the ADU standards which would be addressed only by staff for code compliance.

Regarding Coastal Zone:  Only the Downtown Specific Plan and a portion of the Midtown Corridors Development Code allow for “carriage houses” that will now be called ADUs. Once we adopt the new permanent ADU regulations the City will need to submit this to the Coastal Commission before they are effective. This means we will need to extend the Interim Urgency Ordinance until this step is completed, likely 9-12 months.

RPD (residential planned development) Zones:  This is my last area of analysis because each of these zones were developed with specific standards such as lot coverage, setbacks or use restrictions than exist in other residential zones. It is possible in these areas we might excludes ADUs or possibly require discretionary approvals in order to evaluate at the time. As this is still a work in progress, you will need to read the PC Report and draft ordinance  when released to see how this is ultimately addressed.

ADU Fees

The forthcoming Planning Commission report will summarize the fees, but the adoption of fees is a City Council action, not Planning Commission. We are still evaluating part of the fees because it is very complex and has legal implications. However I know that this is number one question you have all been asking about so I will try to give some details on this.

We have processed only a couple of ADUs under the Interim Ordinance and therefore can share with you how the current costs have broken down. In general there is the a “75% of the standard fee” that has been used. This means the costs of an ADU as compared to a new single family home is reduced, with is the intent of the State Law.  Depending on whether the ADU is a conversion of existing structure (detached garage or converting portion of existing primary home) with NO added square feet or a NEW ADU (attached or detached), it is the later that triggers the added fee associated with the Water Net Zero fee.  Below are examples of recent fees applied to give you an idea, with the single family fees last to give you a comparison; generally about 52% reduction.

There may still be adjustments on the fee amounts as I finalize my work with our legal team.

This is the most recent permit that was issued for a “new” ADU :

Fee Name Date Fee Type Amount
Water Net Zero Fee (City) 6/20/2017 Calculated 7408
Sewer Service Connection Fee 4/12/2017 Calculated 3570.75
Traffic Mitigation Impact Fee 4/12/2017 Calculated 3145
Public Park Mitigation Fee – Grany Flat 4/12/2017 Calculated 1525
z8-1-11 Fire Fac & Equip Mitigation per MH Fee 4/19/2017 Calculated 613
B-Service Area Park Mitigation Fee 5/15/2017 Calculated 371
z8-1-11 Capitol Improvement Program per MH Fee 4/19/2017 Calculated 359
z8-1-11 Parks & Recreation Mobile Home Pad Fee 4/19/2017 Calculated 359
z7-1-16 Mobile Home Set Up Fee 4/19/2017 Fixed 349
Planning Plan Check Fee 4/6/2017 Fixed 178
LD Plan Check – Alt./Add. – Res. 4/12/2017 Fixed 166
z7-1-16 Plan Check Fee 4/3/2017 Calculated 155
Fire Prevention Plan Check Fee 4/21/2017 Calculated 124
z7-1-16 Archival Of Approved Plans Fee 4/19/2017 Calculated 96
z4-1-12 GIS Building Footprint Update Fee 4/19/2017 Calculated 37
z7-1-16 Technology Fee 4/3/2017 Calculated 36.12
General Plan 5 Percent 4/3/2017 Fixed 25.8
State Strong Motion Instrumentation Fee 4/3/2017 Calculated 19.5
z7-1-16 Permit Issuance Fee 4/3/2017 Fixed 12
State SB 1473 Building Standards Fee 4/3/2017 Adjustable 6
State AB 717 Certification & Training Fee 4/3/2017 Fixed 4

These are fees for most recent garage conversion to ADU (with NO NEW sq.ft. added):

Fee Name Date Fee Type Amount
Sewer Service Connection Fee 5/29/2017 Calculated 3570.75
Traffic Mitigation Impact Fee 5/29/2017 Calculated 3145
Public Park Mitigation Fee – Grany Flat 5/29/2017 Calculated 1525
z7-1-13 Capitol Improvement Program Fee 5/19/2017 Fixed 1104
z7-1-13 Fire Fac & Equip Mitigation Fee 5/19/2017 Fixed 842
z7-1-13 Parks & Rec Dwelling Fee 5/19/2017 Fixed 628
Service Area Parks Mitigation Fee 6/20/2017 Calculated 610
z7-1-16 Plan Check Fee 5/19/2017 Calculated 481.17
1-1-14 Building Permit Fee 6/20/2017 Calculated 310.43
LD Plan Check – New Constr. – 1 Single Family Res. 5/29/2017 Fixed 166
Fire Prevention Plan Check Fee 5/30/2017 Calculated 124
Planning Plan Check Fee 5/23/2017 Calculated 95
z7-1-16 Archival Of Approved Plans Fee 6/20/2017 Calculated 64
z7-1-16 Technology Fee 5/19/2017 Calculated 56.25
General Plan 5 Percent 5/19/2017 Fixed 40.18
z7-1-16 Permit Issuance Fee 5/19/2017 Fixed 12
State AB 717 Certification & Training Fee 5/19/2017 Fixed 4
State SB 1473 Building Standards Fee 5/19/2017 Adjustable 1
State Strong Motion Instrumentation Fee 5/19/2017 Calculated 0.5

As a comparison, the following are the fees for a new single family home on a vacant lot (with a ¾” meter):

Fee Name Date Fee Type Amount
Water Net Zero Fee (city) 2/28/2017 Calculated 10847.37
Traffic Mitigation Impact Fee 1/4/2017 Calculated 5245
Sewer Service Connection Fee 1/4/2017 Calculated 4761
Public Park Mitigation Fee – Residential 1/4/2017 Calculated 3050
Water Service Connection Fee 1/4/2017 Calculated 3016
z8-1-11 Parks & Rec 4 or More Bedroom Dwelling Fee 1/9/2017 Calculated 1887
z7-1-16 Plan Check Fee 10/7/2016 Calculated 1483.08
Sewer Capacity Deficiency Fee – Ventura Ave 1/4/2017 Calculated 1369
z7-1-13 Capitol Improvement Program Fee 10/7/2016 Fixed 1288
z7-1-13 Fire Fac & Equip Mitigation Fee 10/7/2016 Fixed 823
Service Area Parks Mitigation Fee 1/9/2017 Calculated 610
z7-1-16 Technology Fee 10/7/2016 Calculated 280.99
General Plan 5 Percent 10/7/2016 Fixed 200.71
Planning Plan Check Fee 11/7/2016 Calculated 190
z7-1-16 Archival Of Approved Plans Fee 1/9/2017 Calculated 176
LD Plan Check – New Constr. – 1 Single Family Res. 1/4/2017 Fixed 163
z4-1-12 GIS Building Footprint Update Fee 1/9/2017 Calculated 37
State Strong Motion Instrumentation Fee 10/7/2016 Calculated 25.12
z7-1-16 Permit Issuance Fee 10/7/2016 Fixed 12
State SB 1473 Building Standards Fee 10/7/2016 Adjustable 7.73
State AB 717 Certification & Training Fee 10/7/2016 Fixed