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Photo by CoCo Walters/ The Californian
Photo by CoCo Walters/ The Californian
Controversial Canyons project headed for decision BY JAMES GELUSO, Californian staff writer jgeluso@bakersfield.com | Saturday, Dec 6 2008 12:00 PM Last Updated: Friday, Dec 5 2008 6:14 PM Behind the bluffs overlooking Alfred Harrell Highway in northeast Bakersfield, there are canyons and ridges, and the barren remnants of a strip mine. The land has been used for decades — without permission — by hikers, runners, cyclists and ATV riders. And there, the owners want to cut down hills and fill canyons — moving 13 times as much dirt as the nearby Highway 178/Fairfax Road interchange project — and build more than 1,300 homes. They could finally get permission in the next few months. The project — called The Canyons — has been the center of controversy since it was first proposed by Sacramento developer General Holding in 1999. It prompted the city to revise its regulations dealing with building on steep hills and sparked a ground war between the owners and trespassers — fences were put up and then cut, gates were installed and then wrenched open. And it resulted in a years-long battle of wills between city staff and the investors, who insisted on picking the consultants to write the environmental documents. Late this week, city staffers will reveal their recommendation. The project will go to the city’s planning commission Dec. 18. And in February, it’s expected to go to the Bakersfield City Council for a final vote. A NARROW DEBATE There are two options really on the table, and the city planning department will recommend a hybrid — a compromise, Planning Director Jim Movius said. General Holding’s local representative, Robert Kapral, said in an e-mail he didn’t know what the recommendation would be and so couldn’t say whether he agreed. He didn’t respond to a subsequent e-mail asking for more comment on the project. Both proposals include 1,334 homes on lots ranging from 5,000 to 33,000 square feet and a commercial area near the southern gateway, with a hilly park behind it. The main difference is in what happens to Tamarack Point, the highest point in the project. The city wants a public park there; the developer wants 19 homes. Even homes on the point wouldn’t be visible from the road below. But the city staff will recommend the park, Movius said. The area has seemingly contradictory designations. It’s zoned for residential but large swaths — basically, all but the flat parts — are marked as “open space-steep slopes.” “It’s kind of a warning that there’s some additional things you’ll have to do,” Movius explained. And it’s a trigger for city staff to pay attention, he said. FILLING THE CANYONS What’s not up for debate — at least between the city and developer — is the nature of the project. To fit 1,300 homes, the site plan calls for massive excavations. Hills would be flattened and canyons filled. In many cases, it wouldn’t be a matter of creating terracing along hillsides, but rather of cutting through them. Some 8.5 million cubic yards of dirt would be cut from the hills. The same amount would be placed along the hills and in the canyons. City policy requires “grading techniques in hillside areas that preserve the form of natural topography and ridge lines.” And the city says, in its environmental document, that the project complies — even though it doesn’t. The phrase was discussed extensively at creation time, and it doesn’t mean keeping to the form of existing hills and canyons, planner Jennie Eng wrote in an e-mail. “From those discussions it was clear that when you develop in hillside areas you must do major grading to accommodate development, it is unavoidable,” she wrote. And as a result, the city deliberately avoided mandating contour grading, she said. Instead, city staff used the ordinance to keep buildings away from the edges of steep hillsides, and to make sure buildings can’t be seen from the roadway below. The grading issue was part of a larger balancing act, Eng said. The area is already heavily disturbed from the old mine, she said, and provides benefits — new land zoned as open space, better access for fire trucks, and housing on non-agricultural land — that were weighed against the effect on the land. And the owners are legally entitled to grade and build there, she said. Whether the project should be held to a stricter standard and made to follow the natural topography is really a decision for the Bakersfield City Council, planner Marc Gauthier said. ‘SETTLE AND SHIFT’ This is why opponents of the project predict that homeowners will be victims of what they call the “Northeast Bakersfield Settle and Shift.” “The Northeast Bakersfield Settle and Shift describes the houses, structures and pools on lots in Northeast Bakersfield which significantly settle and shift position after being built,” wrote Michelle Beck and Craig Smith, two runners who have long criticized the project, in comments on the city’s report. Buildings from the Panorama area, west of The Can
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This is my new ride. I've been really wanting a bike for about the last year or so but was afraid I wouldn't ride it enough to justify the cost. I'd finally gotten serious about it, though, and taken a test ride on a Trek, but didn't want to buy the only bike I'd tried and decided to come back and ride a Cannondale when they had one (in my size) in stock. I'm pretty happy I did because this bike seems to ride a lot better than the other one. I'm not hard-core, and I usually only ride once, maybe twice, a week, so I didn't go all-out; this is actually an entry-level bike in the *hybrid* range of bikes. It's not quite a road bike, but it's also not quite a mountain bike. Whatever it is, I like it. Plus, it's the first form of exercise I've found myself looking forward to. I get off the bike and I immediately want to ride again. I think a lot about getting a true road bike and I might someday but for now I'm happy with what I have.

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