Archive | 2017

Stockton considers housing on Swenson Golf Course

Across California, many city governments are sitting on prime infill land that is woefully underutilized. Parking lots, storage yards, and empty buildings dot the asset sheets of various cities up and down the state even as builders struggle to find opportunities to provide housing in quality locations. It’s this exact imbalance that has led some […]

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Should City Council carve out growth North of Eight Mile in General Plan?

Last April, the Stockton City Council appeared to take a bold step, breaking with decades of precedence to approve a General Plan landuse map that eliminated the expansion of existing limits in favor of infill and neighborhood revitalization. But as the council prepared to make their monumental vote on the city’s growth, a last second […]

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Momentous decision will greatly limit sprawl in Stockton until 2035

Last Tuesday night potentially changed the trajectory of our city as we know it, and this is not hyperbole. In a stunning rebuke to 60 years of poor land use planning, the Stockton City Council ask city staff to proceed with the most aggressive sprawl-reducing Land Use Alternative as part of the General Plan Update. […]

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Survey says: Stocktonians want new growth paradigm, reject sprawling patterns of the past

Tonight, the Stockton City Council is hosting a “study session” on the General Plan. Specifically, they’ll hear from staff about three “Land Use Alternatives” and provide feedback about which direction they would like staff to proceed on. I wrote last week that only one of these alternatives is worth considering as it is the most […]

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Stockton at a crossroads: Council to give direction to staff on General Plan map

Long time followers of this website know that I started Stockton City Limits on a very simple premise: Stockton should curb excessive outward growth and instead prioritize infill development in the city’s existing neighborhoods, with particular attention to Downtown Stockton. This is the guiding principle of pretty much everything I’ve written and what I believe […]

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A tale of two drive thrus: Why the city should uphold a denial of a drive thru bank in Downtown

Late last year, a minor outrage ensued when it was revealed that chain drive thru Dutch Brothers Coffee was opening on the corner of Pacific and Walnut Street on the Miracle Mile. Opponents opined that a drive thru was a poor choice for that particular corner (with some also expressing resentment towards a chain opening […]

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Don’t take the LAO’s report seriously, Stockton still deserves a CSU campus

Last week, a highly anticipated report was released by the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) that was supposed to be the first concrete step towards a four-year university in Stockton, the largest city in the state without one. The study was spearheaded by Assemblywoman Susan Eggman who has become a champion for bringing a state institution […]

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