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NEWS ADVISORY

Sept. 14, 2007

Subject: Eastside Plan receives award

Contact: City of Lodi Planning Manager Peter Pirnejad, (209) 333-6800, ext. 2632; or Communications Specialist Jeff Hood, (209) 333-6801.

Lodi's Eastside Mobility Access Plan cited for special award

LODI -- A plan to make key east Lodi corridors more accessible for pedestrians, bicyclists and bus riders has received a special award from the Sacramento Valley Section of the American Planning Association.

The Eastside Mobility Access Plan, completed in August 2006, is one of six planning projects receiving recognition from the planning group in Sacramento on Sept. 26. The Sacramento Valley Section is the state's largest, covering 22 counties.

The Eastside Mobility Access Plan is an example of what can be achieved when city departments and community members work together. Drawing on the feedback from community members and public workshops that attracted more than 50 residents, Lodi staff and consultants created a design that not only enhances the safety of the neighborhood, but reflects its cultural heritage and qualities.

The Special Planning Award is for an initiative that illustrates how a community addresses a need by going beyond the traditional scope of planning. Typical projects that are awarded include those that expand public understanding of the planning process. This could include such efforts as community policing or drug prevention, neighborhood outreach initiatives, programs designed for special populations, public art or cultural efforts, community festivals, environmental or conservation initiatives, summer recreational initiatives for children, or focused tourism ventures.

"The success of this project was a shining example of how well city departments and the community work together," said Peter Pirnejad, Lodi's planning manager. "The community responded to our efforts to include their ideas, which are reflected in the final guidelines."

The plan is being used as the basis for future improvements on Sacramento Street, Lodi Avenue and Central Avenue.

A Caltrans Environmental Justice Grant funded the plan.

To view the plan, click here.

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