San Joaquin County Local News: Land Use & Development


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Image caption: The 1965 law known as the Williamson Act has been responsible for keeping about half of California's farmland out of the hands of developers.
The Williamson Act: How the Law That Protects California’s Farmland Works

The Williamson Act, passed in 1965, now keeps more than 16 million acres of farmland out of the hands of developers. Here's how the law puts the brakes on the development of California agricultural properties.

Image caption: Does California’s signature environmental law protect the state’s scenic beauty, or cause more problems than it solves?
CEQA: The Surprising Story of CA’s Key Environmental Law

The California Environmental Quality Act, CEQA, is both the state’s signature environmental legislation, and is also often named as the villain in the state’s housing shortage. But the story may not be that simple.

Image caption: The Baldwin Hills area in South Los Angeles is one region where a state conservancy would keep open land accessible to the public.
California’s 10 State Conservancies: How They Protect Parks and Open Land

How California’s 10 state conservancies buy up open land and shield it from developers to preserve the natural environment for public use.

Image caption: Since 1972, the California Coastal Commission has ruled over the state’s shoreline.
California Coastal Commission: Where It Comes From, What It Does

What is the California Coastal Commission? How one of the state’s most powerful agency protects public access to the state’s scenic coast from Mexico to Oregon.

Image caption: How California reclamation districts turned millions of acres of wetlands into fertile agricultural land, starting in the earliest days of the Gold Rush.
Reclamation Districts: Turning ‘Swamps’ Into Farmland

California has used reclamation districts to turn millions of acres of unusable swamps into fertile agricultural land, starting in the earliest days of the Gold Rush. Here’s how it happened.

Image caption: Zoning laws tell you what you can and can't build on the property you own. How does government get away with that?
How Zoning Laws Shape California and Society

Zoning laws determine what can be built and where. These laws have shaped California, but are they really just tools for social engineering? The history of zoning is closely tied to racial segregation, as well as the state's shortage of …

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05/20/2024
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Lathrop in San Joaquin County was among the fastest-growing cities in the country in recent years, according to newly released U.S. Census Bureau data.

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05/15/2024
Residents and supporters of self-governing homeless "Camp Resolution" marched to Sacramento city hall on May 15 in opposition of city plans to close the camp.

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05/13/2024
The Elk Grove City Council voted to approve the move of the Sacramento Zoo to a 100 acre lot at Kammerer Road and Lotz Parkway.

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05/12/2024
Sacramento is seeking public comment on its "Urban Forrest Plan" to increase the trees in the city with priority given to areas in North and South Sacramento.

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05/11/2024
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BRENDA HUGGINS HAS lived a few blocks from McKinley Park in South Stockton for all of her life. And she’s thrilled her childhood playground is about to get a much-needed facelift.

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05/08/2024
CEO Carrie Grover officiated at the ribbon cutting of the new Tracy Tracy Community Connections Center at 95 West 11th Street.

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05/04/2024
Development of hundreds of homes is being proposed for North Tully Road.

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05/03/2024
Central Valley District 9 Congressman Josh Harder announced $850,000 in federal funds towards construction of a new community center in Manteca for American Legion Post 249.

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04/26/2024
Following litigation, the Tracy City Council voted to take back control of the Ellis Aquatics Center project and instructed staff to proceed with development planning.

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04/25/2024
17 trees were planted at Yosemite Village Park on Arbor Day April 25 by the Manteca Garden Club with the City of Manteca.

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04/24/2024
The official groundbreaking was held on April 23 for $15million in upgrades to South Stockton's McKinley Park.

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04/19/2024
A profile of the two commissioners reappointed to the planning commission by the Tracy City Council in its April 16 meeting.

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04/16/2024
In their April 16 meeting, the Manteca City Council approved a development project at corner of Lathrop and Union roads which will include a gas station, auto part store and new EV chargers.

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04/15/2024
The Manteca Unified School District purchase of nearly 9 acres of land is slated for the expansion of the Nile Garden School campus.

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04/15/2024
In their April 9 meeting, the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors voted to allocate $500K for the Freeway Corridor Beautification Plan sponsored by Supervisor Tom Patti for the areas around Stockton.

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04/11/2024
In their April 9 meeting, the Ripon City Council discussed hosting a public workshop about the East Main Traffic Signal Project.

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04/11/2024
In their April 9 meeting, the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors approved over $26M for upgrades and improvements for Stockton Metropolitan Airport.

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04/11/2024
In their April 9 meeting, the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors approved allopcating $7.7M in federal funds for county infrastructure projects.

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04/03/2024
The Pathways Project homeless shelter is set to open in the fall to provide services to the city's estimated 900 homeless.
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