Naval Base (NB) Ventura County is located in western Ventura County, California, along the Pacific Ocean with geographically separated facilities at Port Hueneme, Point Mugu, San Nicolas Island, and the 36,000 square mile Sea Test Range. The county’s largest employer with an estimated annual economic impact exceeding $1.7 billion, NB Ventura County employs more than 15,000 civilians, active duty and Reserve military, and contractor personnel.
NB Ventura County has more than 80 tenant commands with missions ranging from Research, Design, Acquisition, Testing & Evaluation (RDAT&E) to Naval Construction Forces and operational aviation units. Home to the Commander, Airborne Command Control Logistics Wing, Point Mugu hosts four squadrons of E-2 Hawkeye aircraft, along with a variety of other aircraft, including unmanned aerial systems, C-130s, and aggressor fighter aircraft, on both a permanent and transient basis. Point Mugu also serves as a divert field for carrier operations in the Pacific. Home of the Pacific Seabees (31st Seabee Readiness Group), Port Hueneme has a National Port Designation (Commercial Deep-Water Port) under a joint use agreement with Oxnard Harbor District, and serves as the only deep-water port between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and the only deep-water military port between San Diego and Tacoma, Washington. Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, a major tenant of Point Mugu, conducts its RDAT&E mission at Point Mugu, San Nicolas Island and the Sea Test Range, and operates the Naval Western Test Range Complex. With its military training route connection to the R-2508 range complex and airspace restricted surface to infinity, the Sea Test Range allows for unique testing and evaluation capabilities, linking air, land and sea space.
Urban growth near Point Mugu may impact military operations with the potential for future residential development in high noise areas and accident potential zones. Additional development also may affect downstream water contamination levels and contribute to endangered species displacement at Point Mugu. Other compatibility challenges include competition for air, land and sea space; Bird Aircraft Strike Hazards (BASH) affecting the Point Mugu airfield; Anti-Terrorism & Force Protection and security concerns around Port Hueneme; and traffic along mobilization corridors between Port Hueneme and Highway 101.
Ventura County and the cities of Oxnard and Camarillo each have taken steps toward compatibility with military operations, such as adding a military chapter to their respective General Plans, and have an overall slow-growth approach to development. Led by local sponsor Ventura County Transportation Commission, a Joint Land Use Study will provide an opportunity to catalog existing plans and policies to protect NB Ventura County, identify compatibility gaps, and propose solutions to outstanding challenges. Participating local jurisdictions in the JLUS include Ventura County, City of Oxnard, City of Camarillo, City of Port Hueneme, and Oxnard Harbor District, along with Federal and State agency partners. Projected completion of the JLUS is February 2014.
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