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Ventura Midtown Corridors Code

Main Street and Thompson Boulevard are commercial corridors in Ventura’s midtown community surrounded by 1920s-era residential neighborhoods. The 30-year-old zoning standards permitted six-story buildings on the corridors, next to a neighborhood of one and two-story historic bungalows. The zoning code was either too vague or too permissive. The new Corridors Code gives much more detailed guidance of building placement on lots, frontage, mass and scale of buildings, and general design. Carefully selected building types promote higher density with house-like forms. Five overlay districts provide another level of modulation and precision to fine-tune the scale of development in certain conditions. The new code attempts to balance the need for economic revitalization of the corridors with the equally important goal of appropriately scaled development.