Smart-growth vote coming soon

Some of those new regional “sustainable community strategies” that have been bantered about about for years and years are finally up for adoption.

The American Lung Association took preemptive action this week, issuing a press releasing urging councils of governments across the San Joaquin Valley to approve plans that will be protective of public health.

The association named a group of San Joaquin Valley “Healthy Growth Leaders,” including Stockton City Councilman Moses Zapien.

During a related vote last fall, Zapien — who sits on the San Joaquin COG’s board of directors — made a motion to pursue the most health-protective approach out of four possible scenarios, but his motion failed to earn a second. The COG board decided to go with the second-most protective scenario.

“I joined the campaign because I know the people that I represent want better health, cleaner air and safer opportunities for their kids to be active,” Zapien was quoted as saying in the American Lung Association’s press release. “Every community can grow healthier, and we are laying out a vision for how we can get there.”

The San Joaquin COG will consider the sustainability plan for our region at its monthly board meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, 555 E. Weber Avenue in Stockton. Agenda here. And here’s what you need to know about it.

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