Channel Islands Harbor Visioning

Channel Islands Harbor Visioning Report

A visioning process that will help shape development in the County of Ventura-managed Channel Islands Harbor has reached its conclusion.

At the June 22, 2021 Board of Supervisors meeting, Ventura County Harbor Department Director Mark Sandoval, on behalf of the Channel Islands Harbor Visioning Steering Committee, presented the Channel Islands Harbor Vision Report.

“I would like to thank the Steering Committee and the hundreds of residents who provided feedback throughout the entire process,” Director Sandoval said. “We worked diligently to be clear in this report as to what community members have said they want, and reconcile it with what our experience has led us to believe is likely attainable since the Harbor functions as a financially self-supporting ‘enterprise.’  I believe there are opportunities to meet all objectives.”

Visioning Committee Mission Statement

The Channel Islands Harbor Visioning Committee, aided by a professional urban planning and economic development team and extensive public input, will create a master Vision Plan which will provide the framework for development in the Harbor for the next few decades.

About the Channel Islands Harbor Visioning Process

What will the Channel Islands Harbor be when it grows up?  That is the question which will be evaluated as part of a new Channel Islands Harbor Visioning Process which is getting underway.

The County of Ventura is pleased to announce that it has selected a distinguished team of urban planning consultants, real estate economists, coastal policy experts, and public engagement specialists  to lead this public visioning process for the future of Channel Islands Harbor. This team, led by Sargent Town Planning, will work closely with a diverse steering committee tasked with overseeing the process. The steering committee comprises representatives from the County of Ventura, the City of Oxnard, the Harbor business community, and residential representatives.

“We applaud the Harbor Department for opening and expanding its planning and development process to include this open, public, up-front visioning process for the Harbor,” Sargent said.  “All great places and great cities were created starting with a clear vision of the future place and intended outcomes for its people, and a clear plan crafted to ensure that each new development project and each new public improvement contribute to the community’s vision for a unique and resilient place of long-term value.  It is critically important that the Harbor – a unique and rare public asset – provide strong, growing and enduring value to the local coastal community, to the City of Oxnard and neighboring cities, to investors and businesses, and to the County of Ventura, which is both a governing agency and the land owner of the Harbor.”

Residents interested in participating in upcoming Channel Islands Harbor Visioning meetings, engagement opportunities, or monitoring visioning progress will be able to stay up-to-date by visiting this website, which will be monitored and regularly updated by the Sargent Town Planning team. Please also subscribe below to our mailing list to receive updates as the planning team and steering committee begin crafting this process.

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Community Engagement

In case you missed it, you can take the Visioning Survey here. Please note that it is different from the Workshop polling.

Watch the January Visioning Workshop Below!

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Members of the Channel Islands Harbor Visioning Steering Committee


Matt LaVere
Ventura County Board of Supervisors


Ashley Golden
Assistant City Manager, City of Oxnard


Mark Sandoval
Director, Ventura County Harbor Department


Steve Kinney
Executive Director, Channel Islands Harbor Lessees Association


Audrey Keller
Chair, Channel Islands Harbor Neighborhood Council


Rene Aiu
Harbor & Beach Community Alliance (HBCA) Representative


Frank Laza
Harbor Business Owner


Kristina Brewer
Board Member, Channel Islands Beach Community Services District


Captain Tom Petersen
Business Owner & Harbor Resident


Bernard Kummer
Harbor Resident


Carol Taylor
Harbor Resident


Marilyn Miller
Planning Director, Ventura County Harbor Department


Channel Islands Harbor Visioning Steering Committee

This page is hosted by the Channel Islands Harbor as a courtesy to Sargent Town Planning. The views and information reflected here are not necessarily those of the Channel Islands Harbor or the County of Ventura.