A controversial plan to develop a large parcel of land south of Harney Lane and east of Lower Sacramento Road into a new housing subdivision will be discussed at today’s city council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. at Carnegie Forum.

Tonight’s city council is expected to summon members of the community that are concerned about the Perrin Ranch housing project, which would establish a housing project on property located in Lodi’s greenbelt.

Lodi’s Department of Community Development — which process all general planning application requests — has received a request from Anthem United to annex the property which would be used to develop hundreds of homes, according to Lodi City Planner Craig Hoffman.

The city is required to receive and process all annexation requests and bring them to the attention of the city council before a project is voted on, Hoffman said.

“This has been the first annexation request received by the department since 2011 when a medical complex was proposed on Hutchins Street and the one before that was in 2005 by Reynolds Ranch,” Hoffman said.

Although the city council did vote to annex 30 acres of property at the corner of Hutchins Street and Harney Lane in 2011, plans to develop medical offices and commercial space have yet to materialize.

Anthem United’s Perrin Ranch project is the latest request.

“When we receive annexation applications we refer to the council, and council discretion to direct the decision-making process,” Hoffman said.

However, tonight’s city council meeting will not be a final say on the future of the project. The city is seeking council approval authorizing City Manager Steve Schwabauer to execute a reimbursement agreement with Anthem United that states that the developers will be responsible for reimbursing staff time spent working on the project if the city council approves a project.

“There has not been a decision made by the council; this is only a process we follow in the event that we pursue any project. It is just to guarantee that our staff gets paid,” Hoffman said.

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