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Dec. 7, 2007
Contact: Jeff Hood, communications specialist, (209) 333-6801

Council, Planning Commission to discuss Lodi's growth plans

Where and how Lodi should grow will be among the topics of discussion when the Lodi City Council and Planning Commission meet together at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Hutchins Street Square.

Lodi is in the process of updating its General Plan, a document that defines and details the city's future growth plans. The current plan was last updated in 1991. Wednesday's meeting is part of a two-year process that is scheduled to end with the newly updated plan's adoption in early 2009.

Wednesday's meeting is intended to be a dialogue between the City Council and Planning Commission in advance of the development of alternative plans, which may be available for public review by March. The meeting is being held at Hutchins Street Square, in the Pisano and Cottage rooms, so seating can be arranged that enhances communication between the council and commission members.

The alternative plans will include maps that depict potential future growth and circulation patterns. Community workshops are planned so members of the public will be able to provide feedback on the alternatives to the city's General Plan team.

In the first half of the meeting, the City Council and Planning Commission will hear reports on a community workshop and survey completed earlier this year. Additionally, the members will receive presentations on four "working papers" completed this year: Land Use, Transportation, Environment and Infrastructure; Urban Design and Livability; Growth and Economic Development Strategy; and Greenbelt Conservation Strategies. The papers and workshop provided a foundation to further discussions of Lodi's future.

The papers are available for review by clicking here.

In the meeting's second half, topics such as where to grow, how much to grow, the character of new development, transportation, public facilities and sustainability will be open for discussion between the City Council and Planning Commission, as well as members of the public.

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