Neighboring communities oppose student housing development

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET).. A plan for additional student housing may or may not be rejected – as a thousand community members sent in responses opposing the new development.

The developer, “Coleraine Capitol Group,” submitted an application for a multi-family 180 unit apartment complex that was intended for student housing.

The proposed site is on the Northeast corner of Coffee Road and Stockdale Highway. 

The City of Bakersfield sent out a notice to all adjacent properties, including businesses and neighborhoods, informing them of the new develpment.

And as a result of the notice, 1,100 responses were sent back from the neighboring communities and one surrounding business in opposition of that proposal.

“The whole purpose of planning and zoning is to provide the community with the plan for how the future of our community with the plan for how the future our community looks. And to provide assurance for residences on what their community and even the adjacent properties near them will look like in the future,” explains Jacqui Kitchen, Development Services Director for the City of Bakersfield.

In order to proceed with the proposal two findings must be made – according to the municipal code:

1. Desirable and harmonious with the adjacent community

2. Consistent with the City’s general plan.

The City Development Services Department found that it is not ‘desirable and harmonious with the adjacent community’ therefore they will recommend to the Board of Zoning Adjustment to deny the application.

The City of Bakersfield will consider the recommendation. 

The application is on the City Council meeting’s agenda set for Tuesday at 3 p.m.

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