The Ventura City Council voted unanimously Monday night to extend its moratorium on group-care homes for six months, pending approval of an ordinance regulating the facilities.
The moratorium was adopted in March after irate neighbors protested the opening of the Progress Foundation group-care home for the mentally ill on Poli Street. The facility, which was unlicensed at the time, suffered $5,000 in damage in a firebombing several months later. Police have made no arrests in the incident.
Officials for the Progress Foundation, which has since acquired a state license that exempts it from city regulations, asked the council not to extend the moratorium as an "act of good faith."
City Atty. Donald Greenberg, however, said that moratorium and the forthcoming permanent ordinance are aimed at a gap in the city's zoning regulations, which do not cover unlicensed group-care homes.