After more than four years, the Lodi City Council unanimously approved the city's new General Plan on Wednesday night.
The General Plan is a state-mandated blueprint that will guide development over the next 20 years.
The council passed the document in a 4-0 vote with Councilwoman JoAnne Mounce absent. Only two members of the public commented on the document.
The main sticking point at the meeting was that parks would be separated from the storm drainage basin systems.
Councilwoman Susan Hitchcock had concerns about whether the same amount of parkland would be available under the plan.
City Manager Blair King suggested and the council agreed to increase the amount of parkland from 4 acres to 5 acres per 1,000 people.
The other main complaint was a written letter from the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation about the section of land a half of mile south of Harney Lane and a half a mile north of Armstrong Road that has commonly been referred to as a community separator.
The bureau requested the city give back the designation property owners originally had in the early 1990's General Plan of urban reserve. The council did not make any changes on the zoning.
Here is a quick rundown of what is included in the plan:
- The city's overall shape will continue to be squarish and compact with Downtown as the central, focal point.
Business parks and other commercial growth will be to the east of Highway 99, because there is easy access and it is next to urbanized area.
The Mokelumne River will continue to be the city's northern boundary. The plan also recommends preserving agriculture land to the south of Lodi.
- There will be new mixed use designations along Cherokee Lane and Kettleman Lane. Mixed use will include residential combined with commercial and retail. More residential use will support the businesses along those main streets.
- The city had to include a climate action plan. The city plans to do a study to see how it will be able to meet new state regulations calling for reductions in green house gases.
- Gated communities can be developed when they "do not limit the connectivity of the city's fabric."
- Any new neighborhoods will be short blocks intermixing retail, housing, offices and parks to create walkable neighborhoods.