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.

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

Public Review Period: On August 29, 2014, the 30-day public review period will begin for the draft Wireless Communications Facilities Ordinance and its CEQA document (Negative Declaration) click here. Between August 29th and September 30th 2014, members of the public can submit comments regarding the CEQA analysis. 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 Planning Division expects to schedule a Planning Commission hearing in November 2014 for the Draft Wireless Communication Facilities Ordinance. Once the public review process is complete, tentative dates for Planning Commission and Board of Supervisor hearings will be posted on this website.