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San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors deny rezoning for resort near Lodi

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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 6:58 pm

The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Tuesday against rezoning 10 acres of land along Highway 99 and Armstrong Road, derailing a construction company’s hope of building a $30 million resort and spa near Micke Grove Park.

Diede Construction asked the Board of Supervisors to change the designation of the land, which it owns, from agricultural to commercial, allowing the company to build a 50-room hotel that would feature several amenities, including a restaurant, wine tasting suites, a spa and a fruit stand.

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  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:12 pm on Fri, May 3, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    And the lame excuse they want to increase business at Micke Grove park. I'm certainly glad we have three county supervisors that thought this issue out and voted no. Lodi/Stockton is far enough south already.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:08 pm on Fri, May 3, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    I apologize, Ms Keszler, but my thoughts and comments about the good old boys hold true with me and will never change. Most are facing major financial battles and keep grabbing for that magic straw. Not like the old days when the just duped or plain old took what they wanted while the victims were never justly compensated while the council and powers that be always kept those incidences silenced and swept them under the rug.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 6:54 pm on Wed, May 1, 2013.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 541

    Mrs. Keszler, your post is a breath of fresh air. Thank you for your thoughtful and intelligent comments.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 6:34 pm on Wed, May 1, 2013.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2106

    If People/farmers on Armstrong can't have a say on issues/vote on what happens in Lodi, the Lodi shouldn't have a saying what happens to them. "LODI" my want a green belt, but it is NOT up to them, it is up to the people that own the land.

    While I support tourism and recognize it's value, I am glad this resort failed for that location. Personal preference, a "resort" shouldn't have the constant din of hwy traffic. There are some great place on Jack tone or hwy 88 that would be easily accessible AND still maintain a "resort" feel.

  • Sally Keszler posted at 5:11 pm on Wed, May 1, 2013.

    Sally Keszler Posts: 29

    Doug, please do not use our names while trashing other people. That is disgusting.

    I have met Steve Diede and consider him a new friend. His project is gorgeous. I was also impressed with the way he changed his plans once he heard our complaints.

    Just for your information, Russ Munson, with Wine and Roses, was there in favor of the project.

    Our complaints were sewer, water, traffic, encroachment on farming property, loss of property value, etc. Steve made an attempt to address them all.

    Wine and Roses is an amazing place... but I have been here long enough to watch the vineyards that once surrounded it be replaced by houses. We have to make a decision here. If we start commercial on Armstrong it will have a domino effect (which I would love because we could sell and retire). We are grape growers and love our wine industry and appreciate wine tourism. But once we start paving over Armstrong, it will just continue.

    Lodi cannot say they want Ag land between Lodi and Stockton and then say ok to SOME commercial.

    I loved all the passionate young farmers who spoke to the board yesterday. Farming is alive on Armstrong Road.
    One of their quotes stuck with me.... "Man made the cities but God made the country."

  • Doug Chaney posted at 11:53 am on Wed, May 1, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Thank You Bruce and Sally Keszler for protecting what's left of the imaginary "greenbelt" that has been already whittled away by the likes of Lodi council puppets like Hansen, Johnson, Beckman and Katzakian. I'm sure you know they will lead another charge for their favorite good old boy and contractor who does most of the work in Lodi at those ridiculously high costs, to ravage many more agricultural acres next to those they have already raped, thanks to the gents on Lodi city council and their failed wannabe big time developer and their illustrious city manager, Mr. Bartlam. I guess Mr. Munson can sigh a breath of relief now that some serious competition has been stifled temporarily. Those $300 a night rooms should be safe for a while.

  • Robert Jacobs posted at 8:32 am on Wed, May 1, 2013.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    Someone already said it, but it bears repeating... Build it right next to your home, and your neighbors homes!



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