January 21, 2019

Division One - Standards for Streets - Chapter II - Definitions and General Policy

Chapter II. Definitions & General Policy

Sec. 102-1 The following definitions shall be applicable to these standards:

102-1.01 "INTERSECTION” is the area embraced within the prolongation of the lateral curb lines, or, if none, then the lateral boundary lines of the roadways of two highways which join one another at approximately right angles, or the area within which vehicles traveling upon different highways joining at any other angle may come in conflict.

102-1.02 "BRIDGES" Structures of a span of more than 20 feet, measured under the copings along the centerline of the road and multiple span structures where the individual spans are in excess of 10 feet,
measured from center to center of supports along the centerline of the road.

Sec. 102-2 Other Documents Referred to in Standards

The following documents are referred to in these standards may be applicable and are on file in the Roads and/or the Engineering, Surveying & Permit Services Departments. References are to be current editions unless specified otherwise.

102-2.01 "Planning Manual of Instructions," published by the California Department of Transportation.

102-2.02 “California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (CMUTCD)” of California Department of Transportation.

102-2.03 "Standard Specifications for Highway Bridges," "A Policy on Geometric Design of Rural Highways," and "A Policy on Arterial Highways in Urban Areas" of the American Association of State Highway Officials.

102-2.04 "Bridge Design Manual" of, the Office of Structures, California Department of Transportation.

102-2.05 “Highway Design Manual” of California Department of Transportation (HDM).

102-2.06 “General and Specific Plans” of County of Kern.

102-2.07 “Standard Plans and Specifications” of California Department of Transportation.

102-2.08 “Subdivision Map Act” of the State of California.

102-2.09 “Land Division Ordinance” of County of Kern.

102-2.10 “Hydrology Manual” of County of Kern.

102-2.11 “Federal and/or State Regulations pertinent to accessibility guidelines & requirements.”

102-2.12 “California Fire Safe Regulations, Title 14-California Code of Regulations.”

102-2.13 “Federal and/or State Regulations pertinent to Wildland fire protection on State Responsibility Areas.

102-2.14 “California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.”

Sec. 102-3 Plans to be Approved by Director

The developer shall cause to be prepared, in accordance with these standards, and submitted to the Director for approval, plans, profiles and specifications for the proposed improvement of all streets, and
related improvements. The developer shall obtain the approval of the Director of said plans, profiles and specifications prior to commencing any construction.

Sec. 102-4 Where no Standard Specified: Requirements to be Prescribed by Director

Where the requirements for street improvements are not specified in these standards, or the documents referenced in these standards, the requirements shall be established by the Director. Such requirements shall conform to accepted engineering standards.

Sec. 102-5 Payment for Improvement

102-5.01 All improvements required by these standards shall be constructed and installed by the developer at his expense unless expressly agreed by the Board of Supervisors that the County will bear the expense or
any portion of the expense.

102-5.02 Arterial or Collector Highway Alignment in Development:

In case of an arterial or collector highway alignment lying within the development, improvement thereof shall be subject to the following provisions:

    1. If it appears to the Board that the County may within a reasonable period, not exceeding five (5) years, undertake construction of an arterial or collector highway along such alignment, it may make an order requiring the Developer to contribute to and deposit with the County an amount equal to the cost of construction as determined by the Board. Such contribution shall be filed with the County Road Fund through the Director.
    2. The Director may require expanded intersections where arterial and/or collector alignments cross in urban areas, see Plates R-34 thru R-38. 

Sec. 102-6 Access

(See Section 18.55.030 A.5 Land Division Ordinance).

Sec. 102-7 Widening and Improvement of Existing Streets

Where land abuts an existing substandard street is to be developed, the developer shall dedicate any necessary additional right-of-way and improve such street, including drainage improvements, modifications to traffic control devices, and all necessary improvements needed to conform to these standards in order to provide adequate traffic capacities.

Sec. 102-8 Design of Street Systems

The design of street systems, including right of way and improvement widths shall provide:

  1. Adequate local circulation for the area being developed.
  2. Consistency with adopted General Plans, Specific Plans, and other plan routes where appropriate.
  3. Expanded intersections as may be required at arterial and collector highway intersections as shown on the County General Plan or Specific Plans, or as required by the Director.
  4. Bike Lanes shall be designed and constructed in conformance with Caltrans Highway Design Manual, Chapter 1000, Bikeway Planning and Design.

Sec. 102-9 Utilities, Design and Installation

All utilities shall be designed, constructed, and installed by the Developer in accordance with all applicable County requirements and State laws. Underground utilities including services to be located within street right-of-way shall be installed prior to surfacing the streets. Underground utility construction shall be in accordance with the provisions of Public Utility Commission General Order 95. The director of Kern County Department of
Planning & Community Development may require aboveground cabinets or facilities to be screened in an approved manner. Any aboveground cabinets or facilities located within the road right-of-way shall be permitted only upon approval by the Director. Compliance with this requirement may result in the need to create public utility easements outside of the right-of-way.


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