Sometime after the nation recovers from the recession, you may find up to 17 acres of restaurants, gas stations, motels and stores southwest of Lockeford.
Nickolas and Dolores Spanos of Lodi received the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors' blessing on Tuesday afternoon to rezone the land at the northeast corner of Victor Road and Highway 88 from general agriculture to freeway service commercial.
The Spanoses don't have a specific project outlined yet, according to a staff report from the county's Community Development Department. The property owners will have to apply with the county for specific projects on that parcel, Supervisor Ken Vogel said.
"We would expect in the next year or two some kind of development in there," land-use attorney Mike Hakeem, representing the Spanoses, said after Tuesday's meeting.
Development at the Victor Road-Highway 88 intersection doesn't have to wait until houses are built, Hakeem said, because it's a regional area with a lot of daily traffic.
"I'm positive that the economic situation will turn around," Vogel said. "It's rough. But you keep planning for future."
In other action
- The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors postponed a
decision to rehire five deputy district attorneys who had been laid
off because of the uncertainty of the state budget.
The board was to consider using Proposition 64 funds based on consumer fraud, environmental and code enforcement.
"We just want to look at the overall picture," Supervisor Ken Vogel said. "We don't want to hire some people and fire them again."
- Supervisors awarded a $1.2 million contract to Lodi-based A.M.
Stephens Construction Co. to improve Lower Sacramento Road between
the Woodbridge Irrigation District canal and the Union Pacific
Stephens will widen Lower Sacramento Road, add a center turn lane, install sidewalks, storm drains, street lighting and architectural landscaping. Four cedar trees will be removed. Construction is scheduled to begin in August and be completed within 70 working days.
- The board adopted an ordinance increasing the speed limit on a
portion of Woodbridge Road from 25 mph to 35 mph. The speed limit
increase will be from the traffic circle at Mokelumne and Chestnut
streets to Lucas Road.
- Source: San Joaquin County