The Lodi City Council received information on how the city fits into the San Joaquin Council of Governments’ 2018 draft regional transportation plan and sustainable communities strategy during Tuesday’s shirtsleeve session.
The plan is a shared vision of all of the cities and the county and is used as a guide for securing and steering federal funding to local projects, SJCOG Senior Regional Planner Kim Anderson said.
When SB 375 was passed in 2008, SJCOG was tasked with adopting a sustainable communities strategy in cohesion with the transportation plan. The strategy ties transportation investments with land use patterns and meets greenhouse gas reduction targets while addressing state housing goals.
According to Anderson, the regional growth forecast is one of the important foundations of the plan and the City of Lodi anticipates adding about 17,000 people over the next 20 years.
Other factors guiding the plan include recent employment and housing forecasts, market demand and economic studies and existing growth and transportation plans.
Based on public input, Anderson said that lack of bike and pedestrian options, road conditions and road safety were the three main concerns of Lodi residents, and local residents were in strong support of improving bike and pedestrians routes.
The 2018 plan highlights transportation priorities and investments that focus on maintaining and improving the existing infrastructure as well as reducing the impact of development on agriculture, Anderson said.
Under the plan, 39 percent of investments are targeted for roadway operations and maintenance, 31.2 percent for transit, 27.7 percent for roadway capacity and 2.8 for active transportation.
The 2018 plan includes more than 13 transportation, transit, roadway and highway improvement projects for Lodi in the next 20 years. Active transportation projects include citywide bike facilities detection improvements, pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements on Church Street in Downtown Lodi, the West Lodi canal path, the Lodi loop trail and several others.
The plan also includes regional roadway improvements on Ham Lane, Harney Lane and Victor Road and interchange improvements at Highway 99 at Turner Road, Highway 12 and Kettleman Lane, Harney Lane, Eight Mile Road and Morada Lane.
The plan is available online for public input, and comments on the plan must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on April 26. Those wishing to give comment on the plan can email Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or attend a public hearing on the matter.
Comments can also be sent to Anderson by mail to 555 E. Weber Ave., Stockton, CA 96202 or by fax at 209-235-0438. The next public hearing is today at noon in the City of Lathrop council chambers. Another will be held April 26 at 4 p.m. in the SJCOG board room.