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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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General Plan update coming, but will it hit right notes?

Since a 2008 settlement with the state attorney general’s office, Stockton has been under a legal mandate to update its General Plan to reduce sprawl and develop the city’s core. So far, that effort has been strangled by bureaucracy or stalled in the name of sorting out the city’s bankruptcy. But according to a pair […]

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With recession lifting, will sprawl resume?

As Stockton shakes off the storm clouds of bankruptcy and looks to a brighter future, it’s fair to wonder if smart growth will be a forgotten priority. Though the City Council and city planners embraced the imperative for a more sustainable, less sprawl-filled future during the city’s time in bankruptcy, there seems to be little […]

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Sprawl looms large over General Plan meeting

Thursday’s Planning Commission meeting on the General Plan update was intended to discuss neighborhood centers, but the topic of sprawl was clearly looming large over the near-capacity crowd. “There’s a debate out there about how the city should be approaching the lands to the north of Eight Mile Road. It’s an old debate, and it’s […]

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Stockton’s 2014 growth, development, and urbanism year in review

As 2014 comes to a close, it’s time to look back at the most important stories in Stockton over the past year with regards to growth, development and urbanism. In all, the city took some big steps forward, winning money to enhance pedestrian and cycling projects, approving downtown housing, and adopting a couple of important […]

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Latest General Plan maps show city preparing for more sprawl

A disappointing Planning Commission staff report made its way to my email inbox the other day. Despite months of public meetings where Stockton residents expressed consistent and overwhelming support for focusing efforts on improving existing neighborhoods within the city, a recently released Planning Commission agenda outlines potential neighborhood centers in parts of the city that […]

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Stocktonians demand walkability, more transportation options at General Plan meeting

Stocktonians want pedestrian friendly streets, more biking options and less investment in road widening. That’s the takeaway from data released by the city showing the results of a General Plan workshop survey conducted in August where citizens were asked to vote for their transportation priorities for the city. Way back in August, the city held […]

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