Local developers slammed by Kern County Government. From today's Bakersfield Californian :
In unprecedented move, county rejects 13 home plans
BY JAMES BURGER, Californian staff writer, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kern County officials threw cold water on plans for 6,500 new homes this week, saying roads need to come first.
It was a stunning step for the traditionally pro-growth county.
And Bakersfield land developers' heads are spinning.
Thirteen landowners were told that their plans to convert farmland to neighborhoods in the Rosedale area won't be supported by Kern County.
Bakersfield's road system can't handle the traffic from their new homes, county officials said.
The move shocked developers.
"I've never seen this happen before," said veteran local civil engineer Roger McIntosh. "I've got some clients that aren't that happy right now. There's a few panicked people right now."
McIntosh, who represents four of the 13 projects, said the county's move is anti-growth.
But county planning officials said they had to take this stand.