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May 2, 2008
Contact: Jeff Hood, communications specialist, (209) 333-6801

Public comments sought at General Plan open house May 10

Three detailed maps, each providing alternative views of where Lodi should grow and how land should be developed, will be available for public viewing and comment at an open house Saturday, May 10.

The maps, on display from 10 a.m. to noon at Hutchins Street Square's Crete Hall, are intended to elicit reactions from visitors to help Lodi update its General Plan in a way that best fits the community's vision. The General Plan is a document required by state law that acts as a blueprint for future growth.

None of the three maps displayed May 10 is intended to survive as a preferred alternative for adoption in early 2009. They do include, however, some thought-provoking concepts intended to spark discussion that will help Lodi's General Plan team develop choices that more accurately reflect a consensus of the community's wishes.

In the weeks following the open house, General Plan Manager Rad Bartlam will be available to speak to community groups and service clubs interested in hearing more about the General Plan update. Comments from the various groups will be considered in developing the final General Plan alternatives.

"We look forward to gathering views from the community and believe this is a good next step in the process toward developing a final document," Bartlam said.

Contact Bartlam at rbartlam@lodi.gov.

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