Quality of Life Survey

 

The Kern Council of Governments commissions a yearly Quality of Life Survey of residents of Kern County with the following research objectives:

  • assess residents’ overall opinion of the quality of life in their city or town
  • survey the importance of issues related to future quality of life in the county
  • identify housing preferences
  • understand the daily commute of the average resident
  • determine the feasibility of a transportation related revenue measure

Most Recent Survey

2024 Quality of Life Survey

Previous Surveys

The survey is also designed to track the results of telephone surveys conducted in previous years.

 

Regional Early Action Planning

REGIONAL EARLY ACTION PLANNING (REAP) 2.0

Background

California is committed to a future where we all have the option to live closer to our jobs, services, and daily destinations. We can achieve this future through more Housing options and affordability in nearby neighborhoods, which includes transportation options so we can walk our kids to school, ride our bikes to work, or take transit. REAP 2.0 is a key part of the state’s strategic investments toward this more sustainable, resilient, and inclusive future for people in all areas of the state.

REAP 2.0 is explicitly intended to meet multiple objectives – Infill Housing Development, Housing for all incomes, Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) reduction, and Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) in ways that lead to transformative Policy Outcomes and accelerate the implementation of regional and local plans to achieve these goals.

Total State Funds Available to MPOs: $510,000,000
Funds Available to Kern COG: $ 12,670,717

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Regional Housing Needs

Background

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is required to allocate the region’s share of the statewide housing need to Councils of Governments (COG) based on Department of Finance (DOF) population projections and regional population forecasts used in preparing regional transportation plans. Kern COG, acting in the capacity as the state designated Regional Planning Agency, has the responsibility of developing the state-mandated Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA) Plan.

The RHNA process will identify the number of housing units that each local government must accommodate in the Housing Element of its General Plan (Government Code §65584). As part of the region’s planning efforts, Kern COG works with local governments and stakeholders on the RHNA Plan.  Kern COG identifies areas within the region sufficient to house an eight and a half year projection of the regional housing need. Additionally, the RHNA allocates housing units within the region consistent with the development pattern included in the Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS), and is part of the Regional Transportation Plan. The development of Kern COG’s 2022 RTP/SCS will happen in tandem with the 6th Cycle RHNA Plan.

RHNA Development Schedule

The development of the 6th Cycle RHNA Plan commenced in Spring 2021. This page will have updates on the RHNA development, draft and final plans, and other information. Updates will also be provided during Regional Planning Advisory Meetings and Transportation Planning Policy Committee Meetings.

July 2022

April – June 2022

March 2022 

February  2022

January 2022

  • Staff and RHNA consultants work on draft RHNA Plan

November 2021 – December 2021

October 2021

September 2021

August 2021

July 2021

  • Kern COG has contracted with Regional Government Services Authority (RGS), Rincon Consultants, Inc. and Mintier Harnish Planning Consultants to assist with the development of the 6th Cycle RHNA Plan

RHNA Cycles

→ If you would like to sign up to be on the Kern RHNA mailing list, please email: Rochelle Invina-Jayasiri, rinvina@kerncog.org

 

California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) Links and Information 

Regional Housing Needs Allocation 
Local Early Action Planning (LEAP)
Housing Elements
Annual Progress Reports (APR) including link to APR Dashboard
Active Funding Programs

Kern Regional Housing Data Report

Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)

 

At the center of the transportation planning process is the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The RTP is a long-term (20-year) general plan for the region’s transportation network, and encompasses projects for all types of travel, including aviation and freight movement. The plan assesses environmental impacts of proposed projects, and establishes air quality conformity as required by federal regulations. The document also discusses inter-modal and multi-modal transportation activities.

Current and previous RTP documents are available here.

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