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San Joaquin County supervisors sift through General Plan requests

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Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 12:00 am

It doesn't look like there will be any commercial development coming to Interstate 5 and Turner Road. Nor is there likely to be development coming to the I-5 exits at Peltier and Walnut Grove roads. But there could very well be a resurrection of the 26-acre property formerly housed by the Victor meat plant off Highway 99 between the Mokelumne River and Woodbridge Road.

Area residents have said for years that the abandoned plant is an eyesore. But a Los Altos developer wants to develop the property for industrial use, according to the San Joaquin County Community Development Department. It was unclear on Tuesday what the development plans are.

In a meeting that lasted about six hours, the Board of Supervisors meticulously decided which developer requests throughout the county should be considered for changes to the General Plan, the county's land-use document to guide future development on land outside the six cities in the county.

The Board of Supervisors adjourned at 5 p.m. without finishing its work. Another meeting to finish the agenda will be held in the near future.

The developer requests that the board backed are not yet approved. Instead, they will be included in the environmental impact report for a new General Plan. The plan is being updated because the current General Plan was adopted back in 1992.

The most significant development proposed north of Stockton was not considered on Tuesday. The project calls for a hotel, restaurant, event center, wine-tasting center and fruit stand northwest of Highway 99 and Armstrong Road. That change to the General Plan will be considered at a future Board of Supervisors meeting to wrap up the public hearing.

During the day-long public hearing, the Board of Supervisors approved several north San Joaquin County proposals for inclusion in the General Plan environmental impact report.

They include freeway commercial at the Highway 99-Woodbridge Road exit; residential development on the east side of Tully Road, south of Highway 88 in Lockeford; residential units bordered by New Hope and Nowell roads and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks in Thornton; industrial use on Victor Road between Curry and Tecklenburg roads; and residential development southwest of Liberty and Cherokee roads.

Among the developer requests the board rejected included changing 51 acres from agricultural to rural residential zoning on East Quashnick Road in Morada, and four acres at the northeast corner of Tecklenburg and Realty roads. That request was to convert the land from agricultural to rural residential.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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