Wireless Communication Facility (WCF) Ordinance

The Ventura County Planning Division receives numerous applications for wireless communication facilities each year. Tower ExampleAs the wireless communications industry continues to implement a wireless network to provide the next generation of wireless service (fourth generation service, or 4G), the number of applications for new wireless communication facilities is expected to increase. Because Ventura County does not currently have a comprehensive set of regulations for wireless communication facilities, processing these applications can be challenging and time consuming.

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On November 13, 2012, the Board of Supervisors approved the Planning Division’s proposal to develop a Wireless Communication Facility Ordinance. Its purpose is to provide a uniform and comprehensive set of standards and guidelines for the development of wireless communication facilities in the unincorporated areas of Ventura County. During the spring of 2013, and again during the summer of 2014, County planners conducted extensive public workshops throughout the County and at Municipal Advisory Committee meetings. During these meetings, County planners gathered insights reflecting both industry and community preferences on the proposed regulations and solicited valuable feedback in response to the preliminary draft Wireless Communication Facilities Ordinance.

Between August 29th and September 30th 2014, the draft Wireless Communications Facilities Ordinance and its Negative Declaration (required pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act—see www.ventura.org/rma/planning/ceqa/neg.html) were circulated for a 30-day public review period, and members of the public submitted comments. Following public review, the draft Wireless Communication Facilities Ordinance and the Negative Declaration were updated in response to public comments and for consistency with new federal (FCC) rules, adopted on October 17, 2014, that implement Section 6409(a) of the 2012 Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act. The changes did not alter the findings that this project would not have a significant impact on the environment.

Although the Planning Division will develop Wireless Communication Facility Ordinances for both the Non-Coastal and Coastal Zoning Ordinances, regulations are only being developed for the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance at this time. Planning Division staff will inform the public when work begins on proposed regulations for the Coastal Zoning Ordinance. Click here to see a map of the non-coastal and coastal unincorporated areas of Ventura County.

What's New

Planning Commission Hearing: On February 5th, 2015, the draft Wireless Communications Facilities Ordinance will be considered by the Planning Commission. The public hearing starts at 8:30 AM. The location is 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009, County Government Center, Hall of Administration, Board of Supervisors’ Hearing Room.

Public comments regarding the project are welcome during the hearing. The materials for the hearing can be downloaded below under References.

If you have any comments or questions regarding the process, or would like to add your name to our email list to receive periodic updates and schedules of upcoming hearings, please contact Aaron Engstrom at (805) 654-2936 or Aaron.Engstrom@ventura.org.

Next Step: The Board of Supervisors public hearing for the draft Wireless Communications Facilities Ordinance is tentatively scheduled for March 24, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.