Wireless Communication Facility 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.

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 Tower Exampleset of standards and guidelines for the development of wireless communication facilities in the unincorporated areas of Ventura County. The Ordinance development process will include updates to the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance and Coastal Zoning Ordinance, as well as the General Plan and Area Plans.

Please note:  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.

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

Public Outreach Process

There will be three opportunities that County residents and other interested parties can participate in the planning process:

  1. A series of three interactive public outreach meetings (see information below) designed to obtain early public input on key options for the WCF Ordinance.

  2. A 45-day public review period for the draft Ordinance and its CEQA document. During that period, members of the public can submit comments and, if requested, staff will attend a limited number of MAC meetings. Public review is tentatively scheduled for August/September of this year.

  3. Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors hearings during the ordinance adoption process. The Board hearing is tentatively scheduled for early next year.

The Ventura County Planning Division will be hosting a two-hour long, interactive session organized and facilitated by County staff. The purpose of these meetings is to receive input from the community on wireless communication facility design and permitting requirements. Meetings are scheduled for the following Tuesday evenings:

  • April 30, 6:30 – 8:30 PM: Thousand Oaks Sheriff’s Substation, East County Community Room, 2101 E. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks

  • May 7, 6:30 – 8:30 PM: Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View

  • May 14, 6:00 – 8:00 PM:  Ventura County Administration Building, Multi-Purpose Room (3rd level)

Please click here to view our public outreach flyer.