City of Bakersfield Transformative Climate Communities Plan

The Bakersfield Transformative Climate Communities Plan identifies projects that support the development of housing, employment, and active transportation through Cap and Trade, as well as other state-level funding sources. Dudek led a qualitative and GIS-based review of City plans and policy to identify the most competitive projects for grant funding based on their defensible greenhouse gas reductions and community support.

Project Facts
  • City of Bakersfield
  • Kern County, California
  • Engaged community to determine grant-competitive projects
  • Resulted in comprehensive plan including goals, strategies, and steps to implementing the identified projects

The Challenge

Downtown Bakersfield is poised for extensive transformation around the planned High-Speed Rail Station. Existing grant-competitive projects from the “Making Downtown Bakersfield” plan needed to be connected to the disadvantaged communities south of Downtown to expand the benefits of the High-Speed Rail Station to these communities while preventing displacement.

The Solution

Dudek created a form for members of the public to submit their transformative project ideas. Dudek scored each of these more than 100 projects on 10 criteria spanning grant requirements, transformation, and support. This created a transparent process to both decide which projects would be highlighted in the plan and included in additional outreach, as well as, provide direction on how to refine lower scoring projects to be included later. Our planners then crafted a plan centered on implementable projects related to equitable housing and neighborhood development, mobility and urban greening, and workforce development and economic opportunities.

What We Did

Our multidisciplinary specialties allow us to provide efficiencies that maintain project momentum.

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