Ventura County, California Oil and Gas Zoning Hearing

  • 1.  Ventura County, California Oil and Gas Zoning Hearing

    Posted 8 days ago
    The California Independent Petroleum Association has announced the following upcoming hearing:

    Ventura County Update: Zoning Ordinance Amendments

    This week, July 30th, the Ventura County Planning Commission will have a hearing on the proposed changes to the zoning ordinance impacting oil and gas production.

    This is part of an orchestrated effort to shut down all oil and gas operations in Ventura County and eliminate its diverse workforce. The move to require discretionary review of legacy conditional use permits is nothing but a power grab by some members of the Board of Supervisors.

    On April 9, 2019, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors expressed concern over the extent of the County's discretionary permitting authority and environmental review regarding the development of new oil and gas production facilities under "antiquated" permits. The Board directed County staff to "study potential amendments to the County's zoning ordinances to require discretionary approval of new development under antiquated oil and gas permits."

    On September 10, 2019, County Counsel, in consultation with the Planning Division, provided the Board with a written report stating that the County has a strong legal argument that it can require discretionary approval and environmental review of proposed new oil and gas production facilities on land covered by legacy permits, and that the County can, in general, apply its oil development standards to all existing oil and gas production facilities.

    The proposed zoning amendments would require the issuance of a new conditional use permit (CUP) or approval of a discretionary permit adjustment or modification to authorize all new oil and gas development, including that proposed under antiquated permits, unless the proposed development is already specifically described as being authorized under an existing CUP.  New development triggering the need for discretionary approval would include the installation of new wells, tanks and other oil field facilities, and the re-drilling or deepening of existing wells.

    CIPA asks you to join in public comment this Thursday to oppose an action that threatens to put our local industry out of business, while jeopardizing critical resources and funding that the County needs to recover from the global pandemic.

    WHERE: Ventura County Planning Commission

    WHAT: Amendments to Zoning Ordinances – changes approval process for legacy permits from ministerial review to discretionary approval by the Board

    WHEN: Thursday, July 30 at 8:30 a.m.

    EMAIL: Comments 250 words or less to the case planner, by 3:30 p.m. on 7/29 CC: CC:  Subject: Please Read Out Loud at Planning Commission - Item 7 CASE NUMBER PL20-0052

    ZOOM: To give live comment over Zoom, the deadline to register is 3:30 pm on 7/29

    For more information, contact Jennifer Rivera.

    Russell Cohen
    AAPL Governmental Affairs