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Posted on: July 21, 2020

Moorpark Awarded $175,346 Wildfire Resiliency and Recovery Planning Grant

On June 25, the California Strategic Growth Council awarded the City of Moorpark a Proposition 84 Wildfire Resiliency and Recovery Planning Grant of $175,346.  The City will utilize the grant funds to prepare a comprehensive Vulnerability Assessment surveying the risks to the community associated with climate change, wildfires, and emergency access routes.  The Vulnerability Assessment, as well as associated actions to address identified vulnerabilities, will be incorporated into a comprehensive update to the City’s General Plan that is already underway.  The City of Moorpark was one of only four applications selected for funding, alongside the Town of Paradise, Sonoma County, and City of Ventura.  The California Strategic Growth Council received a total of 17 applications statewide.

Mayor Janice Parvin remarked, “The safety of our residents is our top priority, and this grant funding will make sure we have the best information and will be on the cutting edge of what can be done to address wildfire and other natural threats to our community.”  She added, “I want to thank the City staff for their hard work to obtain this grant so that our residents and businesses can gain these benefits without added cost to Moorpark taxpayers.”

While wildfire risk is perhaps the most visible threat to Moorpark, the Vulnerability Assessment will also analyze risks due to drought, wind, flooding, landslides, and extreme heat.  Because the City is already performing a comprehensive update to its General Plan, including its Safety Element, the timing of receiving these grant funds is very fortuitous, as findings from the Vulnerability Assessment will be incorporated simultaneously with the City developing its broad policy framework that will guide the City through 2050.

“As climate change results in increased wildfire risks across Southern California, our communities need to reassess what they can do to anticipate, prevent, and recover from the wildfires that will inevitably come,” said Douglas Spondello, Planning Manager, who is overseeing the City’s General Plan Update and the Vulnerability Assessment.  “This grant award will ensure that the City of Moorpark utilizes the latest information and best practices to identify our current and long-term vulnerabilities from the effects of climate change.  By incorporating these findings into our General Plan, we build a firm foundation for our future.”

As part of the Vulnerability Assessment, the City intends to engage in significant public outreach, including targeting outreach to schools, hard-to-reach populations, and vulnerable populations such as elderly and less-mobile individuals.  This information will be used to ensure that new development and critical infrastructure is positioned to mitigate risks to these populations.

More information about the SGC selection process is available on-line at:

    • https://sgc.ca.gov/meetings/council/2020/docs/20200625-Item6e_Prop84_WRR_StaffReport.pdf 

Information about the City of Moorpark’s General Plan Update is available at:

   • http://www.moorparkgeneralplan.com/ 


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