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Ventura Housing Overlay Zones

Ventura, CA


The City of San Buenaventura achieved a significant milestone in 2022 with the adoption of its 6th Cycle Housing Element. As one of the first steps towards implementing the Housing Element objectives, R+A worked with the City to create several form-based code housing overlay zones for sites that need to be rezoned per the Housing Element. The new housing overlay zones build off of the City’s past form-based codes, improve their objectivity, and address challenges that have occurred with implementation of these codes in a manner that allows the overlays to be applied in other parts of the city.

Client: City of San Buenaventura

Timeframe: 2022 - 2023


  • Create overlay zones for several building typologies: 1) townhomes; 2)
    moderate-density multi-family residential/mixed-use; and 3) and high-density
    multi-family residential/mixed-use development.


  • Work with the Design Review Committee to understand the community's
    design preferences.


  • Promote high-quality design and development that respects the character of
    existing neighborhoods.

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