Planning News

COVID-19 Local Emergency Declaration

On March 16, 2020 a local emergency related to the Coronavirus, was declared by the Kern County Administrative Office. This declaration was subsequently ratified by the Kern County Board of Supervisors on March 17, 2020.  As a result of the emergency and subsequent declaration, the Planning and Natural Resources Department…

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Zoning Ordinance Amendments

Document: Kern County Zoning Ordinance – November 2017 revision

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General Plan 2040

New Website – https://kern2040.com/ In 2017 the Kern County Planning and Natural Resources initiated the process on the Kern County General Plan Update for 2040. As part of that process, a new website has been created. This website is dedicated to keeping the public aware of the progress in updating…

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The RENEWBIZ Grant Program

The RENEWBIZ Grant Program assists organizations with the cost of developing or improving commercial and industrial districts within the unincorporated communities of East Kern County. It is a flexible source of competitive funding for a broad range of facade improvement activities. For further information, please view the Grant Application and Handbook below.…

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Kern County Oil and Gas Permitting

The Kern County Zoning Ordinance contains provisions for local permitting of oil and gas production. Specifically, Chapter 19.98 (Oil and Gas Production) provides development standards for all future oil and gas exploration, extraction, operations, and production activities in the unincorporated Kern County. The Amendment to the Kern County Zoning Ordinance…

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Metropolitan Bakersfield HCP Incidental Take Permit

Changes in Permit Process with the Issuance of new Incidental Take Permit for the Metropolitan Bakersfield Area The County of Kern and the City of Bakersfield have received a new Incidental Take Permit (ITP) from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). The Metropolitan Bakersfield Habitat Conservation Plan (MBHCP) ensures…

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Kern County 2015-2023 Housing Element Update

The County of Kern has updated the Housing Element of the General Plan in accordance to State law for the planning period 2015-2023. The Housing Element provides an identification and analysis of existing and projected housing needs and a statement of goals, policies, and implementation programs that enable Kern County…

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Final Environmental Impact Report for Revisions to the Kern County Zoning Ordinance – 2015 C, focused on Oil and Gas Local Permitting

This project was approved on November 9, 2015 and became effective on December 9, 2015. A Notice of Preparation for a Supplemental Environmental Impact Report was released on May 31, 2018. The Project Boundary (Local Permitting Boundary Area) encompasses 3,110 square miles and generally includes the San Joaquin Valley Floor portion…

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Indian Wells Valley Land Use Management Plan

May  19, 2015 – Board of Supervisors Hearing 5/19/2015 Staff Report (45.1 MB) 5/19/2015 Addendum Staff Report (23.5 MB) May 13, 2015 – Board of Supervisors Hearing IWVLMP 5.13.15 Staff Report (36.3 MB) April 9, 2015 – Planning Commission Hearing 4/9/2015 Staff Report (19 MB) Notice of Public Hearing (1.5 MB) March 30, 2015 –…

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PDF File Errors

Due to a recent patch/upgrade released by Adobe for Acrobat and Acrobat Reader, file linking within our PDF files has been broken. We are taking steps to resolve the issue starting with our most active projects/files. For more information, please visit this Adobe forum post. Thank you for your patience.

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