|Ali Annan, P.E.|
These standards are to be used for all developments within Kern County that are outside of incorporated cities. These standards are to establish minimum design & construction requirements that will result in improvements that are economical to maintain and will adequately serve the general public.
The requirements set forth in these standards are considered minimum design standards and will require the approval of the entity that will maintain the facilities to be constructed prior to approval by the County.
Land Division Ordinance
The County of Kern Land Division Ordinance and any conditions of approval for a specific development, and/or requirements identified in an adopted General Plan or Specific Plan, are to be used in conjunction with these standards.
Limited exceptions to these standards may be granted by the Director upon receipt of a written request containing sufficient information to warrant the exception. All major exceptions shall be processed in the same manner as required in the Land Division Ordinance for a development variation.
Standard Specifications (State)
When not otherwise stated in the Kern County Land Division Ordinance, these Development Standards, or prescribed by the Board of Supervisors, or the Engineering, Surveying & Permit Services Department Director, the work shall conform to the Standard Plans and the Standard Specifications published by the California Department of Transportation, current edition.
All definitions and terms in Section 1 of the Standard Specifications shall apply except, whenever the following terms or pronouns are used, the intent and meaning shall be as follows:
- Contractor: The person or persons, firm, partnership, corporation or combination thereof who have entered into an agreement with the County of Kern for the completion of work or who is prosecuting work under approved land development improvement plans.
- Department: The Engineering, Surveying & Permit Services Department and/or the Roads Department of the County of Kern, also referred to as Department.
- Engineer: The Director of Engineering, Surveying & Permit Services Department and/or the Road Commissioner of the County of Kern, acting either directly or through properly authorized agents, such agents acting within the scope of the particular duties delegated to them.
- Director: The Director of Engineering, Surveying & Permit Services Department and/or the Road Commissioner of the County of Kern, also referred to as the Director.
- Laboratory: The Laboratory of the Roads Department or other laboratories authorized by the Department of Engineering, Surveying & Permit Services of the County of Kern.
Notice to Work
The Contractor shall give the Director at least twenty-four (24) hours notice before commencing any part of the improvement work required for the development. If the said improvement work is interrupted for a continuous period in excess of twenty-four (24) hours, exclusive of weekends or holidays, the Contractor shall give an additional twentyfour (24) hours notice to the Director prior to resuming the said improvement work.
State and Federal laws shall govern over the Land Division Ordinance. The Land Division Ordinance shall govern over the Development Standard. Development Standards shall govern over the Improvement Plans. Improvement Plans shall govern over Standard Specifications.
The agency with jurisdiction may establish the format for, and minimum required contents of, submittal intended for the review and/or approval of the Director.
All work, unless specifically exempted, covered by the Professional Engineers Act (PE) of the State of California, shall be submitted as if for final submittal. Such submittal shall include, but is not limited to:
- Be prepared by a California Registered Engineer (Civil Engineer) competent in the necessary engineering discipline(s), in accordance with these standards, plans, profiles and specifications for all proposed improvements.
- Include all pertinent calculations. All submitted calculations shall be coherent, legible, and in accordance with the latest applicable codes, standards, and sound engineering practices.
- Include reference to, or the reference itself for all calculations or assumptions.
- Include all items identified on any Presubmittal Checklist, where available.
If any of the items listed above are lacking, a finding of “NOT CHECKABLE” will be made by the Director (or his assigned representative) and the project will be returned to the applicant.
The following definitions shall be applicable to these standards.
“ARTERIAL” Interchangeable with Major Highway.
“BOARD” Refers to the County of Kern, Board of Supervisors, unless otherwise specified.
“CALTRANS” California Department of Transportation.
“COLLECTOR” Interchangeable with Secondary Highway.
“COUNTY” Refers to the County of Kern, its officers or agents.
“DEPARTMENT” The Department of Engineering, Surveying & Permit Services.
“DEVELOPER” Includes Subdivider and any person or public agency developing land, seeking to have the County accept or include facilities in its maintained system.
“DEVELOPER’SENGINEER” Civil Engineer registered in the State of California employed by, acting on behalf of, or as an agent of the developer.
“DEVELOPMENT” Means the division of a parcel of land into two (2) or more parcels; the construction, reconstruction, conversion, structural alteration, relocation, or enlargement of any structure; any mining, excavation, landfill, or land disturbance; and any use or extension of the use of land.
“DIRECTOR” The Director of the Engineering, Surveying & Permit Services Department and/or the Road Commissioner.
“ENGINEER” The Director of Engineering, Surveying & Permit Services Department and/or the Road Commissioner of the County acting either directly or through properly authorized agents, such agents acting within the scope of the particular duties delegated to them.
“LABORATORY” The Laboratory of the Roads Department or other laboratories authorized by the Director of the Engineering, Surveying & Permit Services Department.4
“LIMITED EXCEPTION” Permission to depart from specific requirements of the Development Standards, granted by the Road Commissioner and/or the Director of the Engineering, Surveying & Permit Services Department.
“OBSTRUCTION” Obstruction as used shall mean any potential impediments of whatever kind or nature and shall include, but shall not be limited to, structures, power poles, telephone or telegraph poles and appurtenances, trees, landscaping, fences, pipe lines, conduits and canals.
“OFFICERS” Whenever in these standards, reference is made to some officer, board or commission, department or office, it shall mean an officer, board, commission, department or office of the County of Kern, unless otherwise specified.
“ROADS DEPARTMENT” Means the Kern County Roads Department.
“ROAD COMMISSIONER” The Director the Kern County Roads Department.
“STANDARD DRAWINGS” Means those drawings approved by the Board of Supervisors and adopted by the County as part of these standards.
“STREET” Includes roads and highways. The terms street, road, and highway are used interchangeably and refer to the rights-of-way used for vehicular traffic, and, except in the case of freeways, for pedestrian traffic.