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The "Kern Blueprint" Program

The Kern Regional Blueprint Program, led by Kern Council of Governments, is part of a larger 8-county San Joaquin Valley wide process. At both the County and Valley levels, the Blueprint process will result in a preferred regional transportation, land use, and environmental vision responding to the many challenges associated with anticipated population growth over the next 40 years.

The Kern Blueprint Final Report documents and summarizes Phase I, Phase II and the Blueprint Summit meeting held June 26, 2008. (Posted March 27, 2009). The 12-page Kern Blueprint Brochure is now available.  

The Phase I Summary Report documents and summarizes the outcomes of outreach efforts and Town Hall Meetings held March – June 2007 in the communities of Arvin, Delano, Frazier Park, Kern River Valley, Ridgecrest, Taft, Tehachapi, Lamont, McFarland, Mojave, Shafter, Wasco, and Bakersfield.  Also featured are excerpts from the Quality-of-Life telephone survey conducted in February 2007 by Kern COG, which are noted along-side results from the Town Hall Meetings.  This random survey examined public attitudes and perceptions regarding several quality-of-life issues within Kern County.

The Phase II Summary Report documents and summaries the outreach efforts and Town Hall meetings held October 2007 to January 2008. This second round of Blueprint town hall meetings was held around the region to consider the growth scenarios for each sub-region and arrive at a set of land use, transportation, and environmental features that best responds to the challenges of population growth and meets the expressed core values and vision for each sub-region and the entire Kern region.  The second round of town hall meetings will also involve the public in structured, interactive exercises that will allow meaningful input to the final Blueprint.

Kern COG will use the input gathered in the second round of town hall meetings to arrive at a consensus on a Blueprint for the Kern region.  It will also refine the goals and objectives, guiding principles, performance measures and indicators associated with the participants preferred Blueprint scenario