Compact and orderly growth is the objective of a draft "preferred alternative" for the City of Lodi's General Plan update.
The draft alternative reflects comments received from a residents' survey, public forums, an online questionnaire and community groups. Now the public will be asked to comment on the draft, which will likely see additional changes before its approval by the Planning Commission and City Council.
The General Plan is the document that guides Lodi's future growth. The Lodi Planning Commission will review the draft at its Nov. 12 meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Carnegie Forum, 305 W. Pine St.
Approving a preferred plan sets in motion another series of actions in the long process of adopting a General Plan update. The preferred plan becomes the basis for an environmental impact report and policies that are included in the General Plan update, tentatively scheduled for adoption by the City Council in late 2009.
The draft preferred plan builds on the Alternative C Sketch Plan that was presented in May. The plan emphasizes an infill and revitalization approach to future development, but proposes additional growth areas. To the south, development is consistent with the southern boundary of the already annexed Reynolds Ranch project.
Additional development is also shown to the west of the current
General Plan boundary. These two growth areas are anchored by mixed-use centers that will
contain housing, parks and shops. The southeast area of Lodi will expand east of Highway 99, as it is well-suited for business park, office and commercial development.
Finally, the draft plan proposes an Urban Reserve on both the west and east sides of the General Plan boundary. The west area is needed to ensure Lodi has land available for residential development that complies with the 2 percent growth management ordinance, while the east reserve would be available for industrial land uses.
An area south of the city limits is designated Armstrong Road Agricultural/Cluster Study Area to reflect ongoing discussions aimed at preserving the rural nature of property along Armstrong Road.
Lodi's current General Plan was last updated in 1991.