Family plans topped the city's for Doug Kuehne.
The local businessman and father of five stepped down from the Lodi Planning Commission this week because he's moved out of the city of Lodi, to a larger home for his family in Stockton.
"I'm going to miss being on the planning commission - I really enjoyed that," said Kuehne, 47, who owns King's Carpet Service on Guild Avenue. "It was a tough decision, but one I had to make for my family."
Members must reside in Lodi to serve on the commission. The city panel reviews development projects and zoning changes, and makes recommendations to the City Council.
Kuehne had spent just over two years on the commission, serving as chair for much of this year.
He was appointed to the panel in 2005 by then-Mayor John Beckman.
He said he simply couldn't find an affordable home for his large family within the Lodi city limits. The Kuehnes will move from a 3-bedroom place in Lodi to a 6-bedroom home in Stockton.
"If we could have found something affordable in Lodi, we would have stayed," he said.
With a love for politics, Kuehne said he'll likely seek a place on a Stockton board or commission.
He noted he'll remain active in the Lodi community. He'll continue to work in the city and take his young children to and from school in Lodi.
The city will accept applications for the vacant commission seat until Nov. 19.
Mayor Bob Johnson will then review the applications and make a candidate recommendation to the council.