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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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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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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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Stockton City Council approves building fee reduction

Earlier this week, developer interests proved once again that they still wield influence with the Stockton City Council. For months, council members have debated different proposals to reduce permit fees to spur home-building. The process has involved numerous meetings and at least two comprehensive reports by city staff on differing versions of the officially titled […]

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Debate on homebuilder fees nearing finish line

Reducing developer fees was the main issue debated during the Nov. 3 Stockton City Council meeting, at least the third time the issue has been discussed in earnest. When the marathon session ended after several hours, the consensus was that more analysis was necessary before action could be taken. Despite the glacial pace, the delay […]

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“Stockton Economic Stimulus” for homebuilders gaining steam

A proposal crafted by developers to reduce fees that pay for vital city infrastructure took another step toward passage following a special study session of the Stockton City Council on Oct. 13. The plan was written by the Building Industry Association (BIA), which represents the interests of Central Valley builders. If approved by the council […]

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Council shelves fee reduction for single-family homes

Those calling for caution in regards to Stockton’s growth and future finances won a measured but meaningful victory Tuesday, Aug. 18, at City Hall. The City Council decided to conduct further study regarding the “Stockton Economic Stimulus Plan” proposed by Mayor Anthony Silva after hearing from several individuals and organizations. (Full disclosure: I was one […]

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City Council approves new program to incentivize Downtown Stockton development

On Tuesday evening, the city council unanimously approved a new tool to jump start large-scale downtown revitalization efforts. By a vote of 6-0, the council gave the green light to the Downtown Infill Infrastructure Incentive Program that will provide reimbursements for infrastructure improvements that are tied to major downtown investments. The program was presented by […]

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Council approves first step of major Downtown Stockton project

Some Stocktonians have waited through decades of fights, busts and disappointment hoping to see the city’s downtown injected with new life. So it was fitting that an ambitious proposal won its first City Council approval only after an interminable, contentious and completely unrelated public comment period. But the fracas over an appointment to a city […]

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The future of Downtown Stockton starts today

I first started SCL three years ago with a goal: to get people talking about the revitalization of Stockton, downtown in particular. My topics ranged from walkability, historic preservation and the economic benefits of investment in existing urban areas over paving over farm land. About two years ago, I was introduced to Zac Cort of […]

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