Details for NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING BEFORE THE KERN COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS A

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING BEFORE THE KERN COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS A public hearing will be held before the Board of Supervisors of the County of Kern on March 8, 2021, at 9:00 a.m., at the Chambers of the Board of Supervisors, First Floor, Kern County Administrative Center, 1115 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, California, to consider the following request(s): 1. The application and proceedings are designated as: Revisions to the Kern County Zoning Ordinance (Title 19, Kern County Ordinance Code) 2. The name of the applicant is: Kern County Planning and Natural Resources Department; Western State Petroleum Association (WSPA); California Independent Petroleum Association (CIPA) (PP13280) 3. The approximate location of the property subject to said proposal is: Countywide 4. The request to be considered is: (1) Revisions to the Kern County Zoning Ordinance - 2020(A). Proposed text amendments to various Chapters of Title 19 (Kern County Zoning Ordinance) to reconsider implementation of a land use approval process for oil and gas exploration, extraction, operations, and production activities. Proposed revisions include, but not limited, site development standards and review process through the following: (a) Removing the "Unrestricted Drilling" Section in Chapter 19.98 and amending the "Drilling by Ministerial Permit" and "Drilling by Conditional Use Permit" Sections (b) Establishing "Tier Area" maps to identify scope of existing and future oil and gas activities and type of permit required; (c) Establishing an Oil and Gas Conformity Review and Minor Activity Review, as part of the "Drilling by Ministerial Permit" Section, to ensure compliance with proposed Implementation Standards and Conditions; (d) Establishing Implementation Standards and Conditions Section; (e) Establishing requirements for property owner signature on site plans with split estate ownership, in some instances; and (f) Revising various Chapters within the Zoning Ordinance to ensure consistency with proposed requirements of Chapter 19.98. These Chapters include: l 19.08 - Interpretations and General Standards; l 19.12 - Exclusive Agriculture (A) District; l 19.14 - Limited Agriculture (A-1) District; l 19.26 - Mobilehome Park (MP) District; l 19.38 - Medium Industrial (M-2) District; l 19.40 - Heavy Industrial (M-3) District; l 19.44 - Open Space (OS) District; l 19.46 - Natural Resources (NR) District; l 19.48 - Drilling Island (DI) District; l 19.50 - Floodplain Primary District; l 19.66 - Petroleum Extraction (PE) Combining District; l 19.81 - Outdoor Lighting (Dark Skies Ordinance); l 19.88 - Hillside Development; l 19.102 - Permit Procedures; and l 19.108 - Nonconforming Uses, Structures, and Lots; (2) Several sites within the Project Area are listed by CalEPA on the Cortese List, as identified in the Final Supplemental Recirculated Environmental Impact Report (2020/2021) (https://kernplanning.com/SREIR2020-oil-gas-zoning-revisions/) on 2.3 million acres located Countywide (3) Consider Final Supplemental Recirculated Environmental Impact Report (2020/2021 ) including: proposed Findings of Fact pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15091; proposed Statements of Overriding Considerations pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15093; and, proposed Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program; On February 11, 2021, by a vote of four yes and one abstain, the Planning Commission recommended the Board of Supervisors certify the Supplemental Recirculated Environmental Impact Report (2020/2021); adopt Section 15091 Findings of Fact and Section and 15093 Statement of Overriding Considerations; adopt Mitigation Measure Monitoring Program; adopt Revisions to Title 19 of the Kern County Zoning Ordinance (2/11/21), as recommended by Staff In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), a Supplemental Recirculated Environmental Impact Report has been prepared. Copies of the Supplemental Recirculated Environmental Impact Report will be on file and available for public review in the office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors and the Kern County Planning and Natural Resources Department. Persons seeking additional information on this matter should contact Cindi Hoover, Planner III, ((661) 862-8629) with the Kern County Planning and Natural Resources Department. We encourage the submittal of written comments As Soon As Possible, so that those comments may be considered when Staff formulates its recommendation; however, written comments may be submitted any time prior to, or at, the public hearing. Written comments may be sent to the Kern County Planning and Natural Resources Department, 2700 "M" Street, Suite 100, Bakersfield, CA 93301. Due to COVID-19 and subsequent local emergency declarations by the Kern County Board of Supervisors, Staff is facilitating an alternative form of public participation during this hearing. For updates regarding how public participation will be conducted during this hearing, please review the COVID-19 Protocol for Participating in Public Hearings document available at: https://psbweb.co.kern.ca.us/planning/pdfs/eirs/Oil_Gas_SREIR/KC_BOS_Public_Comment_Protocol_Oil_Gas.pdf or contact the project planner listed on this notice. On Thursday March 4, 2021, a copy of the agenda will be posted on the Kern County Board of Supervisors website at the following location: https://www.kerncounty.com/government/board-of-supervisors/board-agenda-minutes-and-video By order of the Board of Supervisors. DATED February 19, 2021. /s/KATHLEEN KRAUSE Clerk of the Board of Supervisors County of Kern February 23, 2021 14765805

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