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November 30, 2006 Project Overview. Kern Regional Blueprint Project The Policy Environment  Safe Accountable Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity.

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1 November 30, 2006 Project Overview

2 Kern Regional Blueprint Project The Policy Environment  Safe Accountable Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA—LU, 2005): New requirements for integrated planning & use of visualization techniques  Caltrans Program – California Regional Blueprint Planning Program (2001) – provides planning funds to implement new requirements  Federal Interagency Task Force on the San Joaquin Valley (2000)  California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley (June, 2005) – Governor’s executive orders, Strategic Action Proposal, seed grant program  San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District – provision of grant matching funds; District’s stated interest in “…decisions that reduce vehicle emissions associated with population growth” and “…measures to reduce of offset emissions associated with mobile sources.  California Center for Rural Leadership – Blueprint Learning Network.  Assembly Member Parra’s Legislation – AB 31 & AB 1878 (2005/06)  Financial Incentives – Propositions 1B & 1C

3 Kern Regional Blueprint Project  Coordination with California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley  Kern’s representatives include Supervisor Barbara Patrick, Bakersfield Council Member Sue Benham, Tejon Ranch staff member Barry Hibberd & local businessman Ray Dezember  Strategic Action Proposal which includes a land use and a transportation component  SAP approved & submitted to Governor in November  Governor issued new executive order extending the Partnership to 12-31-08.

4 Kern Regional Blueprint Project  The project “vision” will be created from a broad-based community participation effort to identify shared strategic goals and values for an improved quality of life 50 years into the future.  Values are those beliefs and behaviors intrinsic or essential to the achievement of a shared vision.

5 Kern Regional Blueprint Project  A “scenario” is a set of constraints, attractions & growth factors which results in a different outcome.  A “scenario” is a way to ask “what if” this was done…How might the outcome be different.  No “scenario” is a prescription for or prediction of the future

6 Kern County Trends  “By 2050 the number homes without children is expected to grow from 2 out of 5, to 1 out of 2. Yet 87 percent of new housing built is large lot single family homes." Source: 2000 Census, California Department of Finance (DOF)  "Less than 10 percent of Kern's land is not affected by one of the following 6 uses, ag, oil, public land, flood plain, steep slope, or already urban." Source: Kern COG  "Kern's Population is forecasted to reach 1 million by 2020 and possibly 1,600,000 by 2050" Source: DOF  Bakersfield’s population trend: 1965 – 65,000; 2006 – 312,000; 2050 – 1,060,000

7 Kern Regional Blueprint Project Constraints

8 Sample UPLAN Attractions (Sphere of Influence, General Plans)

9 Sample UPLAN Constraint Layers (Habitat and Public Lands)

10 Kern Regional Blueprint Project

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13  Comprehensive workshops & public meetings  Retain the services of a professional meeting facilitator  Cycle 1: 4 roundtable workshop & 16 sub- regional public meetings to provide education & define a vision & values (Jan. thru Mar. 07)  Cycle 2: 4 roundtable & 16 sub-regional public meetings to evaluate scenarios & select a “preferred” alternative (May & Jun. 07)  Kern Regional Summit: 1 meeting among all stakeholders to endorse a “preferred” alternative

14  For more information go to: http://www.kerncog.org/blueprint/

15 Kern Council of Governments Transportation Funding: Measure I  Voter Turnout – approximately 53%  Voter Fatigue: Total votes for Governor – 147,613, for Measure I – 143,356, drop off -- 4,257 or 2.88%  Measure I votes required: 66.7% or 95,618  Measure I vote breakdown: Yes – 80,830 (56.8%) No – 62,526 (43.2%)  Measure I votes short of passage – 14,788 or 10.3% of votes cast  No measure on the Kern ballot requiring a 66.7% majority passed. 2 communities failed to produce 50% approval for Measure I  Approximately 17 precincts produced 66.7% approval: 16 in Bakersfield & 1 in Arvin.  WHY????????????  Program and campaign message too complex  Recent federal funding “earmarks” confusing  Last on a LONG ballot  Too many other finance measures  Insufficient radio & no TV advertising  Too few “champions” aggressively promoting the cause  2/3 rd requirement simply too high  Forget ALL of the above…voters in Kern simply expressed their interests.


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