Revisions to Title 19 - Kern County Zoning Ordinance (2020A) Focused on Oil and Gas Local Permitting

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
Kern County
Document Title
Revisions to Title 19 - Kern County Zoning Ordinance (2020A) Focused on Oil and Gas Local Permitting
Document Type
SIR - Supplemental EIR
Present Land Use
General Plan Map Code Designations to remain the same.

Document Description
The proposed project is the preparation of a Supplemental Recirculated EIR (SREIR) (October 2020) for reconsideration of Revision to Title 19 of the Kern County Zoning Ordinance (2020 A) (Ordinance) for local permitting for oil and gas focused on Chapter 19.98 (Oil and Gas Production). On November 9, 2015 the Kern County Board of Supervisors approved amendments to Title 19 of the Kern County Zoning Ordinance, 19.98( Oil and Gas Production) and related sections of the Kern County Zoning Ordnance (Ordinance) to address oil and gas exploration and operation activities within the Project Area in greater detail. The Board of Superiors also certified an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) analyzing the impacts of the amendments, and the implementation of future oil and gas development activities expected to be undertaken pursuant to the amended Ordinance in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Effective March 25, 2020, the previously-approved Ordinance amendments and certified EIR were set aside pursuant to an opinion issued by the Fifth Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal (Appellate Court) on February 25, 2020. The Appellate Court opinion rejected most of the legal challenges to the certified EIR except for five "CEQA violations" that the County must correct "in the event it decides to present the Ordinance (in its present or a modified form) to the Board for reapproval." A Draft SREIR (August 2020) was prepared, incorporating agency and public comments received during the NOP/IS and Scoping Process, and circulated August 3, 2020 for a 45 day public review period. This is the second circulation of a DSREIR for this process and incorporates all comments received on the Draft SREIR (August 2020) and the full document circulated August 2020. The County is prepaling this SREIR to provide analysis to address the CEQA deficiencies found by the Appellate Court decision. The Draft SREIR will provide compliance for CEQA for reconsideration by the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors of the Zoning Ordinance revisions focused on Oil and Gas Local Permitting.

Contact Information
Cindi L. Hoover
Kern County Planning and Natural Resources Department
Lead/Public Agency
2700 "M" Street, Suite 100
Bakersfield, CA 93301-2323

Phone : (661) 862-8629


Total Acres
3,700 square mi
Parcel #
State Highways
99, 58, 43, 46,119, 223, 204, 33
Kern River

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Other (Oil and Gas Exploration and Production)
Local Action
Amendment to Zone Ord.
Project Issues
Agriculture and Forestry Resources Air Quality Cumulative Effects Hydrology/Water Quality Noise Public Services
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB) California Department of Conservation (DOC) California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW) California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery California Department of Transportation, District 6 (DOT) California Department of Transportation, District 9 (DOT) California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT) California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT) California Department of Water Resources (DWR) California Energy Commission California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) California Highway Patrol (CHP) California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) California Natural Resources Agency California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB) California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Lahontan Victorville Region 6 (RWQCB) California State Lands Commission (SLC) Central Valley Flood Protection Board Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Department of Toxic Substances Control Office of Historic Preservation State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality


Environmental Document
2013081079_Notice of Availability   PDF 499 K Oil_Gas_SREIR_Oct 2020_Vol 1_Chapter 1 to 11   PDF 62240 K Oil_Gas_SREIR_Oct 2020_Vol 2_Appendices   PDF 29692 K Oil_Gas_SREIR_Oct 2020_Vol 2_Appendices_App G part 1   PDF 123396 K Oil_Gas_SREIR_Oct 2020_Vol 2_Appendices_App_G_part_2_1_of_3   PDF 367307 K Oil_Gas_SREIR_Oct 2020_Vol 2_Appendices_App_G_part_2_2_of_3   PDF 443471 K Oil_Gas_SREIR_Oct 2020_Vol 2_Appendices_App_G_part_2_3_of_3   PDF 541408 K Oil_Gas_SREIR_Oct 2020_Vol 2_Appendices_App_G_part_3_1_of_3   PDF 519273 K Oil_Gas_SREIR_Oct 2020_Vol 2_Appendices_App_G_part_3_2_of_3   PDF 422350 K Oil_Gas_SREIR_Oct 2020_Vol 2_Appendices_App_G_part_3_3_of_3   PDF 397266 K Oil_Gas_SREIR_Oct 2020_Vol 3_2015 FEIR Chap 1 to 11   PDF 130163 K Oil_Gas_SREIR_Oct 2020_Vol 4_2015 FEIR Appendices   PDF 733733 K Oil_Gas_SREIR_Oct 2020_Vol 5_2015 FEIR Chap 7 Response to Comments   PDF 335953 K Oil_Gas_SREIR_Oct 2020_Vol 6_2015 FEIR Chap 7 Appendices to RTC   PDF 959739 K Oil_Gas_SREIR_Oct 2020_Vol 7_2015 FEIR Chap 12   PDF 111813 K Oil_Gas_SREIR_Oct 2020_Vol 8_2018 Draft Supplemental EIR   PDF 202145 K
NOC   PDF 557 K

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