A draft version of the planning document that will guide the City of Lodi's growth over the next 20-plus years is now available on the City's website.
The Draft General Plan proposes policies regarding land use, transportation, community design and growth management, building on three years' worth of work, including workshops, surveys and public meetings.
The first public hearing to review the Draft General Plan is scheduled at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23 at the Carnegie Forum when the Lodi Planning Commission receives public input, the first of several opportunities for comment from the community. The next chance for public input will be at the Planning Commission's Oct. 14 meeting.
The Commission will recommend an action to the City Council later in 2009. The City Council also will be asked to consider reviewing an environmental impact report that studies the Draft General Plan's effects on the community if it is adopted.
"I'm very pleased with the quality of this draft General Plan," said Rad Bartlam, Lodi's interim community development director. "I believe most will like the effort to conserve as much land as possible while still providing opportunities for growth. The Plan carries on the tradition of Lodi planning, which is based on sensible policies and sustainability."
The public may comment on the Draft General Plan at the Planning Commission, by emailing the Community Development Department or by sending a letter to:
Community Development Department
City of Lodi
P.O. Box 3006
Lodi, CA 95241
Bartlam also is available to speak to community groups about the Draft General Plan. Call (209) 333-6711 if your group is interested in a presentation.