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Lodi Planning Commission Starts Reviewing Comprehensive Plan

State law requires that every city review and update their Comprehensive Plan every 10 years.  Lodi’s last update was enacted in 2009, so it’s due for review and modification.  That review started at Tuesday night’s Planning Commission meeting.

What is a Comprehensive Plan?

The Comprehensive Plan has been mentioned previously in the Chronicle–usually referenced in articles about the Main Street Corridor Plan.  It has not, however, been discussed in any detail.

A Comprehensive Plan is a set of goals, policies, and actions that the government prepares to guide their decisions with regards to topics such as housing, land use, development, transportation, and other aspects of “city growth and maintenance”.  The Plan both directs and restricts the ordinances that the city enacts, and influences how they are interpreted.  It pushes the city towards certain decisions, and away from others.

In simplest terms:  This is how Lodi will change over the next 10 years.

Why Should You Pay Attention?

Because This is how Lodi will change over the next 10 years.

Tuesday’s meeting focused on review and initial suggestions for change in how the city handles housing.  This includes what types of housing will be encouraged and allowed.  This will affect changes in zoning laws and the approvals of permits for new construction.

The Plan is not just a list of suggestions. It is a legally-binding document that determines how the city moves forward.

Changing Outlooks and Approaches

Lodi’s Zoning Administrator, Stephen Tremlett of MSA presented the initial suggestions for revisions to the section on housing1This is an evolving document, so the Chronicle is keeping local copies to maintain an archive..  Tremlett’s most significant suggestion was to streamline the document by reorganizing the format to remove redundancies.  This led the commission to request that the Comprehensive Plan be more general and flexible.

A plan which is less specific allows the city more flexibility in how it responds to a changing city and a changing environment.

Your City, Your Future

The Comprehensive Plan will direct how the city government moves forward over the next 10 years.  The decisions made now will direct all the decisions made over the next decade–and possibly beyond.

The Planning Commission meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm in City Hall.  The Commission has decided that the public will not have any planned input until the legally-required public input meeting after the plan has been completed.  Residents are, however, allowed 2 minutes to express their opinions or concerns during the “public input’ portion of every meeting.

Footnotes

Footnotes
1 This is an evolving document, so the Chronicle is keeping local copies to maintain an archive.

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