In what Community Development Director Kerry Sullivan described as a kickoff of the public review process, the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors received a report Tuesday on four alternatives to how rural communities might grow in the next 20 years.
The report, part of the General Plan update process, covers potential residential, commercial and industrial growth on land outside the Lodi city limits and the six other cities within San Joaquin County. The county currently operates under the General Plan adopted in 1993.
Supervisors offered little comment, with Supervisor Steve Bestolarides saying it would be inappropriate for board members to state their growth preferences before the public has a chance to say what they think.
The report covers potential growth and how different options would affect issues like job creation, emergency services, greenhouse emissions, ag land, water supply and demand, energy consumption, demand for parkland, flood risk, wildland fire risk, jobs/housing balance, road impacts, airport growth and how far residents would commute to work.
The report also shows population projections based on the city of Lodi and the other six cities within San Joaquin County. The seven cities develop their own general plans, while the county's is based on unincorporated land only.
Lodi — including some areas that may be annexed in the future into the city limits — has a population in the 73,000 range, according to the county General Plan. But in 20 years, Lodi could be in the 90,000 range.
Board chairman Larry Ruhstaller said that a silver lining to the economic recession is that the board has more time to debate the new General Plan because developers aren't knocking on the doors of county offices ready to construct new buildings.
Supervisor Ken Vogel, who represents the Lodi area, was ill and did not attend Tuesday's meeting.
The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to consider adopting a new General Plan in late 2011 or early 2012.
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