Category Archives: Community Development Department

Meetings, meetings

The City Council meets next on Nov. 29. Here’s the agenda. In closed session they’ll do a performance review of the City Auditor, Michael Taylor. In public the city will ask the Council to approve two new backhoes for $152,817. The Development Oversight Commission will meet 8.30 a.m. on Dec. 1. Go and you’ll meet [...]

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Planning Commission notes

Last night’s meeting of the Planning Commission was routine but worth attending if only for the commissioners’ comments at the end. Police Department was the theme. They’re a popular topic these days. Commissioner Ed Surritt said he’s been on a handful of ride-alongs with police. He noticed that in the arrests he’s seen, officers take [...]

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Niblock honored

The City Council last night honored Mike Niblock, the city’s top planning and building official who is retiring after 36 years as a city employee. Mayor Ann Johnston called Niblock one of the city’s finest employees and an adept problem-solver. “It takes someone who has infinite patience to deal with the issues that land in [...]

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Meissner retiring, will work on egg car

Gregg Meissner, Stockton’s deputy community development director for planning and engineering, told me today he’s retiring on June 30. Just last week his boss, Mike Niblock, announced his impending retirement, too. Meissner, 58, started in Stockton on June 1, 1981 as an associate traffic engineer. He came on board a week before his now wife, [...]

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Fee update stalls, and ‘potential realignment’ considered

Several months into it, a comprehensive update of City Hall’s various planning, engineering and fire prevention fees has stalled. At a meeting last week of the Development Oversight Commission – the special panel of builders overseeing in part the fee update process – Community Development Director Mike Niblock said new Deputy City Manager Mike Locke [...]

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‘Under-expensed’

At Thursday’s Development Oversight Commission meeting – the panel of builders overseeing in part an update of some of the fees charged by the Community Development Department – there was a bit of discussion over the concept of the city division being “under-expensed,” a term used by a city consultant. That is, having more money [...]

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Industrial project, Deis review and mayor’s vacation (updated)

•Planning Commission meets tonight. Here’s the agenda. Among the items is a proposal to develop and annex 70 acres of vacant county land in the southwest corner of Arch and Newcastle roads for industrial uses (see second bullet item in this previous blog post for more background). No specific project has been named yet. UPDATE: [...]

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More quorum problems

This morning, the city’s Climate Action Plan Advisory Committee was set to continue discussing a proposed requirement that many existing homes undergo energy efficiency audits. Members have indicated they may be willing to back off that proposal a bit. We didn’t find out for sure today. There were not enough members in attendance to make [...]

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Odds and ends on economic growth

• Speaking of the city’s efforts to spark economic growth, Mike Locke, CEO of the economic development nonprofit San Joaquin Partnership, told me recently that he has seen an uptick in interest in San Joaquin County from companies wanting to expand or relocate. By the end of August this year, he said, the partnership had [...]

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City Council agenda

Here’s the one for Tuesday. There’s only one public hearing, but it’s a big one: a proposed major incentive for developers. City Hall wants to temporarily cut some development impact fees in half in hopes of enticing companies that have expressed interest in expanding or relocating in Stockton. In a separate incentive, some development fees [...]

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