By Dua Anjum

Residents of an unincorporated Ventura County neighborhood fear a farmworker housing project will cause environmental, traffic and safety problems.

Jack Dempsey used to look out at a lemon tree orchard from his backyard in Valley Vista, an unincorporated neighborhood between Ventura and Ojai.

Now, he sees the land on 4884 N. Ventura Ave. being prepped for a proposed farmworker housing project called Ventura Ranch. Dempsey and most of his neighbors are against it.

The 82.9-acre project is still in the early stages and the Ventura County Resource Management Agency, which oversees the land-use permitting phase, has requested the application be resubmitted twice.

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