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Lathrop Preparing New General Plan as it Anticipates Doubling in Size over Next 20 Years
September 28, 2017
Lathrop’s City Council, in anticipation of the city doubling in size over the next twenty years, is preparing to revise its general plan that governs growth and development reports the Manteca Bulletin in “Lathrop spending $913,000 for new general plan work.”
The city of Lathrop is centrally located within a 30-minute commute of Tracy, Manteca, Stockton, Lodi, Livermore and Pleasanton, placing it in a key position for the expanding Greater Silicon Valley. Not only is the city a draw for business, there’s a strong demand for housing from the Bay Area residents. New housing prices in Lathrop for an average 2,000 square foot home are in the $450,000 to $500,000 range.
The staff report for the proposal states that the city’s existing plan was adopted in 1991. Since then, a number of laws reflected in the old general plan have changed making it somewhat outdated. The new general plan hopes to reflect the current goals of Lathrop as well as last for the expected growth over the next twenty years.
The general plan will cover seven specific topics, including land use, housing, circulation, conservation, open space, noise and safety. However, guidelines from the state of California will include topics like flood prevention and climate change that will give the general plan more coverage.
If this general plan update is anything similar to the one approved in Manteca recently (see Manteca starts shaping vision for year 2040), the newspaper expects that the community’s opinions will be sought on what they would like to see improved in Lathrop. Members of the community should keep their eyes peeled for opportunities to share their opinions on what they want for the future of Lathrop.