Discretionary Grading

Home2PERMITTING PROCESS2GRADING2FLOODPLAIN2ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWSWATER AVAILABILITY2INFORMATIONHANDOUTS2CONTACTUS2


 

Discretionary Grading Triggers  
Current Discretionary Reviews  
 

The following items are potential Discretionary Grading Permit Triggers and should be considered when submitting for a grading permit:

  1. Where the average natural slope within the area to be graded exceeds 10% and the amount of excavation or fill exceeds 10,000 cubic yards;
  2. Where the average natural slope within the area to be graded exceeds 35% and the amount of excavation of fill exceeds 1,000 cubic yards;
  3. Where the proposed graded slopes exceed 40 feet in vertical height;
  4. Where the proposed grading is within a designated waterway or designated wetland.
  5. Where the proposed grading is within an area officially designated by the County as a Sensitive Ecological, Archaeological, Scenic, or Biologically Sensitive Area; or
  6. Where the total truck roundtrips per calendar day for the grading operation exceeds 10 roundtrips or the cumulative total number of truck trips exceeds 50 truck trips per calendar week. The Building Official, as a ministerial act, may allow more than 10 truck roundtrips per day provided the truck traffic is scheduled to minimize impacts to the public or private streets.

In each of the six cases listed above, the issuance or denial of a grading permit is discretionary for the purposes of Section 21080, subdivision (a), of the Public Resources Code except in the following three cases in which such issuance or denial is a ministerial act:

  1. Where the grading permit is required by a condition imposed upon a discretionary entitlement previously approved by the County of Ventura and the effects of the grading for which the grading permit is required were addressed in an environmental document prepared and certified with respect to that previously approved entitlement;
  2. The grading is related to oilfield operations, involving exploration, development or production of oil, and all of the following conditions are satisfied;

(a) The grading will be restricted to an area on which such oilfield operations may lawfully take place pursuant to an existing use permit for such operations issued by the County;

(b) the proposed graded slopes will be less than 40 feet in vertical height;

(c) before the grading commences, grading bonds are submitted to the Building Official guaranteeing all erosion control facilities, slope planting and slope maintenance necessary to meet then existing County standards; and

(d) within 60 days of completion of the grading, all slopes created or modified are hydromulched with a native plant and an irrigation method sufficient to ensure establishment of such plants.

  1. The grading is related to oilfield operations, involving the exploration, development or production of oil, and is limited to one or more of the following:

(a) routine maintenance or repair of existing drill sites or existing roads which does not materially alter the location, size or configuration of the original sites or roads;

(b) routine dredging of waste materials for which a permit has been issued by the Environmental Health Division of Ventura County Resource Management Agency;

(c) maintenance of existing oilfield facilities.

 

Current Discretionary Reviews

  

French Ranch Discretionary Grading Permit- GP14-0014 

Staff report(PDF)

Public Hearing to be held November 12, 2015 at 11:00am in the Mediterranean Conference Room (RM 331) on the 3rd floor of the Hall of Administration Building at 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA  93009

Please contact Leia Reed at leia.reed@ventura.org this email address is being protected from spambots.You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (805) 658-4390 for more information.

French Ranch Agricultural Access Road

Mitigated Negative Declaration (PDF) Public Comment Period: July 8th, 2015 to August 6th, 2015

The document is available for review at the Public Works Permit Counter on the 3rdfloor of the Hall of Administration Building at800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, Ca 93009.

Please contact Leia Reed at leia.reed@ventura.org or (805) 658-4390 for more information.