February 15, 2018

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.

The Project Boundary (Local Permitting Boundary Area) encompasses 3,110 square miles and generally includes the San Joaquin Valley Floor portion of Kern County up to an elevation of 2,000 feet. The boundary includes: west side-the San Luis Obispo County line, north side- the Kings and Tulare county lines, east and south sides-the 2,000-foot elevation contours, squared off to the nearest section line.

Project Area Map

Project Approved – November 9, 2015

The Kern County Planning and Natural Resources Department has prepared an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the above project. The document and documents referenced in the Draft EIR, Final EIR, and RTC are available for review at the Planning and Natural Resources Department, 2700 “M” Street, Suite 100, Bakersfield, CA 93301 or an electronic copy of these documents can be accessed here:
Final EIR
Revised Amended Zoning Ordinance for Oil and Gas Activities – 11/9/2015 (323 KB)
Notice of Decision (2.24 MB)
Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (584 KB)
Statement of Overriding Considerations (409 KB)
Findings of Fact in Support of Determinations (1.5 MB)

The Data Basin website is available to display biological resource information along with other special data within the Project Area. The Data Basin website is a science-based mapping and analysis platform that supports learning, research, and sustainable environmental stewardship.
Kern County Gateway

Background Information

The proposed project consists of an amendment to Title 19 Kern County Zoning Ordinance (July 2012), focused on Chapter 19.98 (Oil and Gas Production), to include new site development standards for all oil and gas exploration, extraction, operations, and production activities in unincorporated Kern County. The applicants, WSPA, CIPA and IOPA, submitted a request to the Board of Supervisors, in a public hearing on January 22, 2013. The Board directed Staff to proceed with the processing of the requested Zoning Ordinance Amendment, including the development and public circulation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR).

The first step in this process was to develop and circulate a Notice of Preparation (NOP). The NOP has been mailed out and the circulation period began on August 30, 2013. The NOP is available at the following link:

Notice of Preparation (NOP) (878 KB)

Public Meetings

Location:Dates/Times:Files:
Board of Supervisors Hearing
Chambers of the Board of Supervisors, First Floor
Kern County Administrative Center
1115 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA
November 9, 2015Staff Report – Part 1 (77 MB)
Staff Report – Part 2 (68.8 MB)
Addendum (11.1 MB)
Addendum Attachment A (8.71 MB)
Planning Commission Hearing
Chambers of the Board of Supervisors, First Floor
Kern County Administrative Center
1115 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA
October 5, 2015Staff Report (7.25 MB)
Addendum (2.57 MB)
Associations Response Letter (913 KB)
Workshop Locations:Dates:Files:
Taft Veterans Hall, Room 1
218 Taylor Street, Taft, CA
August 17, 2015Agenda (810 KB)
Shafter Veterans Building, Room 2
309 California Avenue, Shafter, CA
August 10, 2015Agenda (772 KB)
Chambers of the Board of Supervisors, First Floor
Kern County Administrative Center
1115 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA
July 27, 2015Staff Report (6.48 MB)
PowerPoint #1 (1.4 MB)
PowerPoint #2 (714 KB)
Scoping Meeting Locations:Dates:Files:
Lost Hills Recreation Building,
Lost Hills Park, Hwy 46, Lost Hills, CA
September 16, 2013PowerPoint Presentation (1.8 MB)
Taft Veterans Hall,
Room 1, 218 Taylor Street, Taft, CA
September 18, 2013PowerPoint Presentation (1.8 MB)
Kern County Board Chambers,
1st Floor Board Chambers,
1115 Truxtun Ave, Bakersfield, CA
September 23, 2013PowerPoint Presentation (1.8 MB)
Shafter Veterans Building,
Room 2, 309 California Avenue, Shafter CA
September 25, 2013PowerPoint Presentation (1.8 MB)