CLIMATE ACTION & ADAPTATION
Climate Action Plan Implementation & Reporting
In 2020, the Ventura County 2040 General Plan was adopted by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors and established a community Climate Action Plan (CAP) with the intended goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and mitigate climate change impacts. The purpose of the CAP is to identify and reduce community GHG emissions from existing and future activities and sources within the unincorporated areas of Ventura County. The CAP is consistent with the County’s commitment to address climate change and work towards a more sustainable community by reducing GHG emissions.
This webpage includes the Ventura County 2040 General Plan-including the County’s Climate Action Plan (CAP)-and the Program Environmental Impact Report for the Ventura County 2040 General Plan which contains the 2015 baseline emissions inventory for the portion of the general plan that makes up the County’s Climate Action Plan.
The County of Ventura’s Climate Action Plan is woven throughout the County’s 2040 General Plan and is available online at egeneralplan.vcrma.org. Sections of the 2040 General Plan with details related to the CAP can be found at:
- Ventura County 2040 General Plan, Various Elements for all policies and program depicted with a “CAP” icon;
- Ventura County 2040 General Plan, Chapter 1. Introduction
- Ventura County 2040 General Plan, Appendix B. Climate Change
- Draft EIR for the 2040 General Plan, Appendix D. GHG Calculations
- Draft EIR for the 2040 General Plan, Appendix F. Vehicle Miles Traveled Estimation
- Final EIR for the 2040 General Plan, Appendix D. Revised Draft EIR Appendix D GHG Calculations
The annual Budget and Staffing Plan for Climate Action Plan (CAP) Implementation was created in collaboration with all agencies that have CAP-related implementation programs assigned to them in the County of Ventura’s 2040 General Plan. The report focuses on the anticipated costs, labor, and resource needs for a specified fiscal year (FY). This report informs the County’s Board of Supervisors on anticipated needs for allocating resources to departments responsible for CAP-related program implementation and is created as part of the County’s annual budgeting process.
The FY2022-23 report estimates that the County’s cost of implementing CAP-related programs will be $5.25M in FY2022-23. In FY2022-23, $2.43M or 46.3% of the total costs are expected to be funded from the General Fund. However, the implementation programs include both existing ($1.67M) and new ($756.1K) funding allocations. The balance of funding, $2.82M, is expected to come from a combination of other sources including revenue offsets and permitting activities, grants, impact fees, or other funding mechanisms. Federal, state, or regional grants over and above the figures in this report are anticipated as additional revenue sources to partially fund CAP-related programs, although the expected amounts are speculative. Of the 81 CAP-related implementation programs, 42 (52%) have already been initiated or completed while 39 (48%) remain uninitiated. Amongst the programs that remain uninitiated are those that are due to be initiated by 2025, those due to be implemented after 2025, and those that are sequential in nature whose implementation is contingent on another program’s progress.
The Ventura County Electric Vehicle (EV) Ready Blueprint (2019) is intended to accelerate and support electric vehicle and charging infrastructure deployment throughout Ventura County. The completed by County staff responsible for administering programs associated with the Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance (VCREA).
Ventura County Climate Emergency Council
The Ventura County Climate Emergency Council (VCCEC) is a citizen advisory body that advises the Ventura County Board of Supervisors on climate action planning and implementation of the Climate Action Plan (CAP) goals, policies, and programs.