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"This process will help our region grow in a rational, coordinated fashion that's consistent with both public sentiment and local general plans."

- Ron Brummett, Kern COG Director

About The "Blueprint" Program

The San Joaquin Valley Blueprint program process is intended to engage policymakers and citizens to create a regional vision of growth for the 21st century.

Kern Council of Governments is slated to receive $357,000 in grant funding during 2006 to help develop a local regional "vision" of land use and transportation decisions that will be used to guide growth in the San Joaquin Valley over the next 20 years

The funding is intended to provide Kern's portion of a valley wide blueprint that will include growth principles and scenario planning tools for both local and regional level planning activities. Kern, along with the eight other San Joaquin Valley counties, will seek public involvement in the visioning process at the county level, while the Great Valley Center in Modesto will coordinate the effort into a valley wide context.

The Blueprint process is designed to help regions plan for future growth and quality of life through the integration of transportation, housing, land use, economic development and environmental protection. Elected officials from each city and county throughout the valley will determine how their jurisdictions will accommodate the regional vision. The final product, known as the San Joaquin Valley Regional Blueprint, will include a visual representation of the goals expressed in general plans and individual regional transportation plans.

Kern is one of eight San Joaquin Valley regions that will share the $2.5 million grant, which includes $500,000 in matching funds from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. Councils of governments in each county (Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tulare) will administer the grant.

"This process will help our region grow in a rational, coordinated fashion that's consistent with both public sentiment and local general plans," said Kern COG Executive Director Ron Brummett. The visioning process will commence in January 2006 and continue through December 2007.