I wanted to bring this to your attention. This hearing notice pertains to the development that the Nickel family (and their engineer, Roger McIntosh), is proposing at the mouth of the Canyon. If you remember, part of their "assurances" that the project would not have a significant impact was the fact that they would be improving 178 to major arterial standards as defined in the Metropolitan General Plan. This hearing notice is a proposal to reduce the designation of the highway from a major arterial to a collector, (or secondary highway) standards.
The difference between the two is significant...Arterials are basically highways (think Rosedale Highway, Stockdale, Mt. Vernon, Fairfax etc.) while collectors are narrower rights-of-way (think Meecham Road, Hageman Rd.). Arterials have the ability and ultimate right-of-way to allow six lanes in the future, where collectors only have the ultimate right-of-way to allow a maximum of four lanes.
If you review the minutes of the KRVR Community Meeting (November 5, 2008) you will see that they specifically referred to the "6 lanes" that would ultimately be constructed on 178. Please review this hearing notice and let me know your thoughts.
Kris Cardoza email@example.com
Kris is a retired Kern County Planner and serves as KRVR's Secretary.
The proposed reclassification of Highway 178 as a "collector" from Rancheria Road to the mouth of the Kern River canyon was referred back to planning staff by the Bakersfield Planning Commission Thursday night.
The Nickel family, the developers of the area's Rio Bravo Ranch project, had asked for the downgrade from "arterial" status to shrink the size of the route and allow more access points from their property to the road.
City staff strongly opposed the move, saying a future freeway that would take traffic between Bakersfield and communities in the Kern River Valley off of the stretch of road is decades away from reality.
James Nickel accepted the city's concerns, said City Planning Director Jim Eggert.
But Nickel asked for some extra time to make sure he, Caltrans and the city are all on the same page about how the highway should work, Eggert said.Administrator, KRVR.org firstname.lastname@example.org
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