Something to keep an eye on in 2014: Stockton’s Climate Action Plan, a new draft of which was released in October.
The 516-page plan aims to reduce Stockton’s carbon footprint from 2.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent to 2.1 tons by the year 2020. (With no plan in place, that footprint would increase from 2.4 million to an estimated 2.6 million, the plan says).
This process is required as part of the city’s settlement with the Sierra Club in 2008 over Stockton’s growth-inducing general plan. The City Council doesn’t have to approve the climate plan, but it must at least consider it, which could happen toward the latter half of next year.
The cost? $28.5 million upfront, mostly in new bike lanes, street improvements and outdoor lighting.
David Stagnaro, the city’s planning manager, told a joint meeting of the Planning Commission and the Climate Action Plan Advisory Commission last week that a net savings in energy use would offset the initial cost (though, with a projected annual savings of $151,000, it seems that could take many years.)
And, he added, outside funding for these kinds of projects has been available in the past and may be in the future, too.
“Is there a guarantee of that? Absolutely not,” he said.
Stagnaro said that the plan would be implemented only to the extent that money is available to pay for it.
“You can pass any plan, but without the money to do these things it’ll be partially (implemented) or not implemented at all,” he said.
Public meetings to discuss the issue will be scheduled early next year. Check out this PowerPoint with helpful background information.