Between 1995 and 2000, voters in Ventura County overwhelmingly approved a series of ballot measures – the SOAR initiatives – which effectively created the most comprehensive protection against urban sprawl of any county in the United States.
In contrast to Los Angeles and Orange counties, Ventura County has not turned into a single large urban mass. Our cities remain distinct, each with a unique sense of identity and place, defined in no small measure by the intact expanses of open space and farmland that surround them.
Analysis by the countywide SOAR organization determined that today, one in four acres of open space and agricultural land is at risk of sprawl development within the next 10 to 20 years, and much more will be at risk if the SOAR boundaries are allowed to expire.
To read the full 32-page report, go to http://soarusa.org/and click on the "At Risk Report" link