Somis Ranch Farmworker Housing Project
Status: Active – Board of Supervisors hearing scheduled for February 2, 2021
Why it matters?
- Housing and Cost of Living
- County Economy
- Agricultural Industry Viability
On Thursday, January 14, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend that the Board of Supervisors approve the Somis Ranch Farmworker Housing project.
This project goes before the Board on February 2 at 1:30 PM.
If approved, the project will result in the construction of a 36-acre, 360-unit farmworker housing complex - a great step forward in addressing the critical shortage of affordable farmworker housing in Ventura County.
This is the first project to seek permitting under the County’s relatively new attempt to streamline the approval of critical farmworker housing projects through a zoning exemption allowing farmworker housing to be built on AE-zoned land, as long as the remaining parcel remains in agricultural use and meets the minimum size requirement.
The Somis Ranch project will directly benefit local ag in yet another way – the tertiary water treatment system that will be built as a part of this project will provide high-quality water into the local aquifer – which has been deteriorating in water quality for many years. Improving water quality in this basin will ensure that local farms have the water they need to continue farming. This project is a clear win-win for local agriculture and the County.
If you would like to learn more about the project, please click HERE for more information.
If you would like to express your support for additional farmworker housing to the Board of Supervisors on February 2, please click HERE for instructions on how to submit comments for the public hearing.