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Tuesday, Jul 08 2014 04:03 PM

Old Towne "Visioning" meeting on July 9

Revitalizing Old Towne Tehachapi takes one step further from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on July 9 when the county unveils its “Visioning” plan for the area.

The vision is part of a process to revitalize unincorporated communities in Kern County. The Old Towne idea received the support of Kern County Second District Supervisor Zack Scrivner and the county Planning and Community Development Department.

The visioning is part of Kern County's Renewable Energy Neighborhood Enhancement Wind Business Zone, or RENEWBIZ. RENEWBIZ leverages property tax revenue from wind energy projects in unincorporated Kern County to allow for competitive

“We are just excited to show what has been developed so far,” said Lorelei Oviatt, director of Kern County Planning and Community Development.
Oviatt said that the unveiling will allow residents and businesses to look at what has been developed so far, and to conduct exercises to help refine the vision.

The visioning program has two components: potential grants from Kern County to improve infrastructure in the Old Towne area and another pot of funding for eligible business owners to improve the facade of their businesses.

Oviatt said public funding is available from the county that the supervisor's office can identify, and businesses can apply for grants to make improvements appropriate to the visioning process.

Other communities have successfully utilized the Visioning process in East Kern County, including Mojave and Rosamond.

“This is a different visioning because the area is larger than others,” Oviatt said. “It's not a one-size fits all.”

The unveiling event and discussion will be held at Valley Oaks Charter School, 20705 South Street from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

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