Lebec, CA (Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 3:30 p.m.)— The Kern County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 in favor of the Tejon Ranchcorp’s Grapevine Specific and Community Plan, for a second time.
Supervisor Zack Scrivner, whose District 2 will include the new development said, “People will be able to live, work and recreate in the same area.” He said it will be “a great model” for the state: “Jobs will be created. This housing will support existing jobs and 8,700 permanent new jobs.” Scrivner thanked the county planning staff for their hard work and “all those who want to invest in Kern County,” then submitted the motion to support the project.
An earlier version of the plan was approved by the board in 2016. This version was created to provide more detailed analysis of impacts of traffic generated by the project, after a legal challenge by Center for Biological Diversity was sustained by Kern County Superior Court Judge Kenneth C. Twisselman II.
Additional mitigation and monitoring requirements to address traffic impacts were added to the plan. New monitoring is mandated after 5,000, 7,500 and 10,000 homes have been built to see if the “internal capture rate” predicted is accurate. Internal capture rate means the number of vehicular trips that stay within the development rather than trips that use Interstate 5 and other adjacent roadways.—Notes by Patric Hedlund
This is part of the December 6, 2019 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.
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