VCTC Schedules Third Round of Public Workshops

July 22, 2015

The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC), in cooperation with Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC), local jurisdictions, agencies and organizations in the region, has prepared a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) to address compatibility planning around NBVC, including NBVC Point Mugu, NBVC Port Hueneme, and NBVC San Nicolas Island.

The goal of the JLUS is to reduce current and potential compatibility issues between NBVC and surrounding areas while accommodating new growth and economic development, sustaining economic vitality, protecting public health and safety, and sustaining the operational missions of NBVC and the Point Mugu Sea Range.

The NBVC Public Draft JLUS was released on July 17, for a 30-day public review and comment period ending on Aug. 17. The Public Draft JLUS and Background Report are available for download online.

In order to develop a plan that is responsive to local needs, on-going input from the public is essential. As part of two earlier workshops held during the development of the JLUS documents, the public has played a critical role in helping to identify and shape the discussion of issues that need to be addressed. This third set of workshops will build on these earlier public workshops and provide attendees with an overview of what is being proposed as part of the Public Draft JLUS to address the issues they helped to identify.

This third set of public workshops will be held at two locations to provide easier access to the public (both workshops will cover the same materials).

Public comments on these draft documents will be accepted at the meeting, as well as up until the end of the comment period on Aug. 17,. Written comments can be provided on the project website or by e-mailing comments to Steve DeGeorge, VCTC project manager.

“A Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is all about developing a partnership between Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) and those who live, work, recreate, and provide stewardship of the County’s natural resources. The public has been engaged in the development of this draft JLUS through the identification of issues that need to be addressed, and we look forward to the public’s input on the solutions that are being proposed.” said Darren Kettle, VCTC executive director.

The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC), in its role as the Airport Land Use Commission, looks forward to continuing to engage the Ventura County community in a dialogue supporting the continued economic vitality of NBVC. By facilitating dialogue with the surrounding communities and the public, we can work collaboratively to identify viable solutions and avoid impacts on NBVC operations. The upcoming public workshops are an important component in the development of these solutions,” added Kettle.