Description: Centennial is a master-planned new town proposing a balance of jobs and homes, along with shopping, recreation, health care facilities, schools and public services (police, fire and ambulance).
Location: Located just south of the Kern County/Los Angeles County border, Centennial is approximately 60 miles north of Los Angeles and 45 miles south of Bakersfield near the junction of Interstate 5 and State Route 138. The land is relatively flat and has been used for cattle grazing for more than a century.
Timeline: The 20-year phased plan will construct an average of 1,000 homes per year.
Plan for Homes: 23,000 homes are planned, including:
Ten percent (2,300) of the homes at Centennial will be available for those who qualify for affordable homes.
Plan for Jobs: More than 30,000 jobs are expected to be generated, from entry-level and summer work for teenagers to senior level executive positions. Employment opportunities may include:
Plan for Schools and Services: Community services will include eight elementary schools, two high schools, higher education facilities, a library, three fire stations, a sheriff station, two water recycling plants, two transit centers and a community transit system.
Plan for Sustainability and Open Space: Centennial will be built according to modern planning principles, emphasizing sustainability and incorporating the most advanced technology to conserve and recycle natural resources. Nearly half of Centennial’s 11,700 acres (5,700 acres) will be set aside as permanent open space, parks, trails and greenways, with 80 percent of the open space looking exactly as it does today.