OUR VIEW: Proposed new cemetery promises to be neighborly | Opinion

Are you a good dead neighbor?

The local Catholic parish, Kern County planners, and the majority of the county’s appointed planning committees say they are.

However, many residents living in the northeastern plot of the proposed graveyard say that the dead are not neighbors and that the proposed graveyard should go elsewhere. Some have vowed to appeal to the Kern County Oversight Board for the recent approval of the Planning Committee for Conditional Use of the Cemetery.

Weigh the obvious benefits of a 12-acre graveyard offering their subdivision and the growing Bakersfield community, which will eventually require additional graveyards, before residents continue to fight to thwart the project. need to do it.

In their dissenting opinions expressed at the Commission’s recent hearings and in protest letters and petitions, graveyards reduced the value of their homes, increased crime in the area, and traffic along Vega Meadows Road. Includes a claim to increase significantly. There are sidewalks and well-maintained park roads.

Many project opponents claimed that the site was supposed to be subdivided for residential use to sprout homes or to be cultivated in “green space.”

A woman who spoke against the project at a planning committee hearing complained that she needed to explain her death to her children when she had a graveyard near her home.

There is no evidence that the existence of this proposed graveyard will reduce the value of nearby assets or increase crime.

Also, research shows that the traffic generated by the proposed graveyard will be much lighter than the traffic generated by the residential parcels that residents come and go. Vega Meadows Road, designated as the main road in the General Plan, collects the large amount of traffic generated by people living and passing through northwestern Bakersfield and connects to another major collector road, Renfro Road. I am.

Death is as much a fact of life as birth. Mothers who complained that they needed to explain their death to their children if there was a graveyard near their home would need to do so sooner or later, regardless of the existence of the graveyard.

The houses along the perimeter of the parcel adjacent to Vega Meadows Road do not face the street and do not face the proposed graveyard. High, hard block fences separate the backyard from sidewalks, wide parkways, and even wider roads, buffering homes from existing noise and traffic.

The proposed 12-acre cemetery is part of a 48.88-acre land wedge adjacent to the Vega Meadows, Renfro, and Noriega roads and the busy Santa Fe Railroad tracks. It is also surrounded by “mixed use” including medium-sized industrial, agricultural and residential zoning.

The barking of trains across the backside of the proposed 12-acre graveyard does not bother the dead, but can discourage the development of residential real estate. Future use may be beneficial for industrial projects that include additional warehouses. As the northwestern part of Bakersfield continues to make progress towards development, the property may not remain agricultural, or “green,” as neighbors prefer.

The proposed graveyard is expected to provide additional buffer to nearby residential areas due to the sound and impact of railroads and the surrounding industrial development.

Many of the conditions imposed by county planners on the proposed graveyard include business hours restrictions. Provides onsite security. Do not open the graveyard to the public at night. The graveyard is surrounded by shielded fences, including a 7-foot sturdy wall that crosses the Vega Meadows Road frontage. Limit lighting out of the way of nearby homes.

Conditional license permits the construction of a graveyard office and three mausoleums. However, cremation cannot be done on-site.

Cemeteries are highly regulated businesses that must comply with federal, state, and local laws. In addition, the California Cemetery and Funeral Association provides oversight to ensure that the proposed cemetery operations comply with industry standards.

The proposed graveyard permit requirements and the ability of nearby residents to monitor their operations provide the necessary assurance that it is actually a good neighbor and an attribute of Northwest Bakersfield.

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