Update From The President of VCHP
April 18 , 2005
Since our victory over Measure A in November
2002, members of VCHP have helped to launch the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy
(VHC), a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the acquisition
and preservation of the Ventura hillsides. The Conservancy's sole mission
is to acquire the hillsides for preservation and future enjoyment by
the citizens of Ventura.
Preservation was originally part
of the VCHP mission. To clarify what each organization will be doing
in the future, we revised and refined the VCHP mission statement to
concentrate our energies on the political side of the preservation issue.
We will continue to work on hillside preservation, but our revised mission
is to influence policy decisions through participating in the political
process. We have prepared a fact sheet entitled, "What
are the Differences Between VCHP and VHC? -- A
Timeline of Events."
While Ventura Hillsides Conservancy raises
the money to acquire the hillsides, Ventura Citizens for Hillside Preservation
is forging ahead with involvement in community planning which could
impact our hillsides. We are focusing on areas where our involvement
and influence can achieve results. We are making every effort to influence
politicians and committees involved in decisions that could affect the
future of our hillsides.
VCHP has been active in a number of important
community areas, such as Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC)
meetings, City Council and Planning Commission meetings, and collaboration
with Ventura Hillsides Conservancy on issues related to their establishment
We actively participated in the November
2003 election process to best further our goal of hillside preservation.
We proudly endorsed only Bill Fulton for City Council, who won a seat
to the Council with the highest number of votes of 7 candidates. We
are grateful for your support of Bill's candidacy.
One of our most important activities is
the Comprehensive Plan Update project:
• We have spoken at all Comprehensive
Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC) meetings on behalf of hillside preservation
and encouraged our membership to participate.
• We have been lobbying for re-designation
of the hillside areas as Open Space to be compatible with the current
designation for this land in county zoning ordinances (the hillsides
are currently in the county).
• We lobbied to make sure that the
Comprehensive Plan committee recommendation does NOT include these hillside
areas as "potential growth areas" for the City of Ventura
• We promoted the concept of including
an element in our Comprehensive Plan that will insure that our policy
of slow growth is not only embraced by the citizens, but embedded in
our Comprehensive Plan as a guiding policy for the next plan period
We welcome your participation and encourage
you to become a member of Ventura Citizens for Hillside Preservation.
Please click here to join. Any contributions to VCHP are not tax-deductible.
It has been a pleasure to see so many of
you support the campaign to elect Bill Fulton to Ventura City Council
and giving needed input to CPAC and City Council. Please keep up the
good work in furthering the goals of VCHP.