July 03, 2015

Amendment to Title 19 – Kern County Zoning Ordinance, focused on Chapter 19.98 (Oil & Gas Production) of the Kern County Zoning Ordinance for Oil and Gas Local Permitting

The County has received an application to amend the Kern County Zoning Ordinance (Title 19), focusing on Chapter 19.98 (Oil & Gas Production) from California Independent Petroleum Association (CIPA), the Independent Oil Producers Association (IOPA), and the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA). A RFP was mailed out on March 29, 2013 to a list of Environmental Consultants to be selected to assist in the Environmental Impact Report Process. Ecology & Environment was selected and awarded a contract on June, 04, 2013.

The proposed project boundaries are not fully realized at this time; however, the project is anticipated to include all unincorporated areas of Kern County within the San Joaquin Valley. A map of this project boundary will be linked to the website in the coming weeks.


Next Step


The County will be conducting an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The first step in this process is to develop and circulate a Notice of Preparation (NOP). The NOP has been mailed out and the circulation period began on August 30, 2013. The NOP is available at the following link:

pdfNotice of Preparation (NOP) 878 KB

Background Information


The proposed project consists of an amendment to Title 19 Kern County Zoning Ordinance (July 2012), focused on Chapter 19.98 (Oil and Gas Production), to include new site development standards for all oil and gas exploration, extraction, operations, and production activities in unincorporated Kern County. The applicants, WSPA, CIPA and IOPA, submitted a request to the Board of Supervisors, in a public hearing on January 22, 2013. The Board directed Staff to proceed with the processing of the requested Zoning Ordinance Amendment, including the development and public circulation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR).

Public Meetings


The public will have many opportunities to learn more about the proposed project and to provide input throughout the process. The first opportunity will be during the multiple Scoping Meetings held during the review period of the Notice of Preparation. Dates and locations are listed below. All meetings will begin at 6:30 pm and end by 9:00 pm.
Locations: Dates:  
Lost Hills Recreation Building,

Lost Hills Park, Hwy 46, Lost Hills, CA

September 16, 2013
Presentation (1.8 MB)
Taft Veterans Hall,

Room 1, 218 Taylor Street, Taft, CA

September 18, 2013
Presentation (1.8 MB)
Kern County Board Chambers,
1st Floor Board Chambers,
1115 Truxtun Ave, Bakersfield, CA
September 23, 2013
Presentation (1.8 MB)
Shafter Veterans Building,

Room 2, 309 California Avenue, Shafter CA

September 25, 2013
Presentation (1.8 MB)







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