Praise for Ventura Downtown Specific Plan

Rick Cole, City Manager, City of Ventura (2011)

Regulating plan, Ventura Downtown Specific Plan, Ventura, California

“The new Downtown Specific Plan and its implementing Form-Based Code have not only won planning awards, but at least two of the early projects completed under the new code have been award-winners as well. Developers report a far more straightforward process and standard for entitlements and community interests have embraced the vision and action steps that we’ve pursued since its adoption. It is widely recognized and appreciated for not only guiding new physical development, but also shaping a comprehensive ongoing effort to improve safety, security, prosperity and our historic heritage. Downtown’s remarkable strength in weathering the recession is due in great part to the blueprint unanimously adopted by the Council in 2005.”

Rick Cole, City Manager, City of San Buenaventura