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Posted: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 1:51 pm, Tue Feb 7, 2012.

The San Joaquin Council of Governments will conduct a workshop on Wednesday about transit-oriented development, how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and infill growth.

The growth concept isn't without controversy; some claim that the United Nations is behind the "smart growth" idea, which encourages people to live in high-density cities rather than suburbs and rural communities.

The workshop will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Lodi Police Department community room, 215 W. Elm St.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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  • Ross Farrow posted at 1:57 pm on Tue, Feb 7, 2012.

    Ross Farrow Posts: 104

    Thank you, Kim. I changed the location in the story. I received no notification of this meeting from the San Joaquin Council of Governments.

  • Kim Parigoris posted at 7:47 am on Tue, Feb 7, 2012.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 469

    Actually, they have moved the venue to the Police Department Community Room on Elm Street. The original meeting was planned for 2:00, but upon complaints that most people were working and would be unable to attend, they changed the time to 6:00 p.m. when the library was not available. There is a scorecard whereby they are "grading" the different sites - scorecard criteria can be found here http://www.lodicitizensinaction.com/SmartGrowthScorecard.pdf (there are 263 in San Joaquin County- many of which the current property owners are unaware that their properties have been targeted for this study) The COG spent 289,000 of tax dollars for a consultant (DC & E Consulting) to put this study together. DC&E has since partnered with the Planning Center, who has put out a study discussing their Plan B in answer to the demise of Redevelopment Agencies- in which property owners would be assessed fees (in addition to property taxes under Prop 13) to fund the work that the RDA's did.



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