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Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 10:00 pm

Last week the Lodi Chamber of Commerce task force presented their General Plan White Paper to the planning commission.

Through the combined efforts of Lodi's business and community leaders, a vision for Lodi's future was created. This was a daunting task requiring hundreds of hours. The result is an informative analysis which outlines the Chamber's position on the major components of our general plan, and it offers real strategies as we move forward.

As we explored the research, there was consensus on a majority of the points, but as with any large-scale project, there were questions and differences in interpretation. The best example was the AL-5T "community separator" concept. Basically, the AL-5T designation can be defined as 5-acre-minimum parcels containing one dwelling and/or one conforming commercial enterprise. The AL-5T proposes "cluster" residential parcels and lists conforming commercial uses (principally those that target the expansion of our tourism industry). Mike Carouba and Pat Stockar spoke passionately about this proposal and they believe if done correctly, their model would alleviate many of the "worst case scenario" fears raised at our meeting.

When we consider our options, this concept may be our best opportunity to create a community separator. It certainly warrants our full attention and consideration.

While the Sentinel's story accurately reflected many of the discussions, it did not seem to capture the positive "cooperative" spirit of the meeting. Readers did not have the opportunity to hear the positive, discussions about economic development, tourism and revitalization, and I regret not doing a better job of communicating those positives.

Through cooperation and understanding, I am convinced we can overcome the remaining hurdles and a viable proposal will be crafted. One thing we can all agree on is that Lodi is very fortunate to have community members and volunteers who willingly share their resources and experience for the betterment of our community. We have some of the best and brightest people working on our general plan and I have no doubt their efforts will yield positive results for Lodi.

David Kirsten

Lodi City Planning Commissioner

Pat Patrick

Lodi Chamber of Commerce

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  • posted at 4:46 pm on Wed, Jan 16, 2008.


    I think all those in favor of the 5 acre proposal should show their support by buying their own parcels first, at fair market value. The parcels they should buy are the ones that butt up against the Stockton city limits. They should lead by example, put their money where their mouth is, etc.

  • posted at 11:41 am on Wed, Jan 16, 2008.


    T&C, I agree. I have no plans on attending this meeting. More political garbage. That's why we hire lawyers. I have no interest in ever seeing Suzie's face again. She wants an MOU ( an agreement that says she and the other CC members can control my land). Sorry, but BS. That 5 acre proposal was a "sweet offer" without a MOU. If Lodi wants it, pay. If not, leave us alone. My land is in the county, not in the city of Lodi, so Lodi should have no say in what I do with my land. I kinda like the trailer park idea from another blog.

  • posted at 10:58 am on Wed, Jan 16, 2008.


    Taxpayer and Oscar, thanks for the support. I always got the feeling that all Lodians thought our land was for their taking. I , and many others out here, appreciate your support.

  • posted at 9:46 am on Wed, Jan 16, 2008.


    Uh,oh....I'm agreeing with T&C. Property owners should not be required to take anything less than the fair market would command. I like the idea of putting the greenbelt issue on the ballot. If the entire City is going to benefit by a greenbelt then the entire City should be willing to pay for it. Only then we will find out how important a greenbelt really is.

  • posted at 9:18 am on Wed, Jan 16, 2008.


    Nothing that 2 or 3 hundred thousand an acre wouldn't cure. Why would you expect anyone to sell for anything than the developers and their investors and builders are getting for it. Pony up Patrick, if you want that greenbelt so bad. The money you and your "business" envoy just wasted on that trip to China would've made a nice little down payment! LOL What a bunch of REAL hypocrites.

  • posted at 3:05 am on Wed, Jan 16, 2008.


    Anything with a Pat in it can't be good. Mr. Patrick, Ms. Hitchcock, the planning commission and the city council are the reasons there'll NEVER be a real greenbelt. The farmers and landowners refuse to talk with any of these entities and let their attorneys handle the towns threats, bullying and lies.

  • posted at 1:34 am on Wed, Jan 16, 2008.


    Sorry, anything with Pat Stockar involved in it can't be good


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