Category Archives: Development

Mixed bag

During a lengthy Economic Development Department budget presentation last night, Deputy City Manager Mike Locke provided brief updates on two of last year’s incentive programs meant to help boost the economy: • The city’s developer impact fee reduction and deferral program was intended to help spark growth. So far, it has not, Locke said. He [...]

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Understanding the development process

City Hall is creating a new publication called the “Downtown Development Handbook,” which is intended to help builders and the public better understand the city’s development process. Builders and businesses have often complained that process is too convoluted, burdensome or costly. In the draft handbook, the city includes a flow chart to help explain that [...]

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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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A stroll downtown

About two dozen real estate professionals, business representatives and downtown boosters took part in a brief walking tour of available commercial properties in downtown Stockton this morning, a free jaunt sponsored by the Downtown Stockton Alliance. This blog, needing a Friday morning change of pace, decided to tag along for a bit. Though I couldn’t [...]

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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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Huber off climate panel

Applications for one-year terms are out for the city’s Climate Action Plan Advisory Committee, the panel formed as a condition of a legal settlement with outgoing state Attorney General Jerry Brown and the Sierra Club over Stockton’s growth-governing General Plan. Existing members have been encouraged to re-apply for the one-year terms. One person who won’t [...]

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Odds and ends on an off Friday

•Here’s Tuesday’s City Council agenda. Among the items: continued consideration of an increased hotel tax and increased rental fees at the Civic Auditorium. •Also on the agenda: Property owners have widely rejected a proposed $2.88-a-month stormwater fee (which was to be charged on top of the existing $2.10 monthly fee) that would have gone toward [...]

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Builders challenging use of fees for climate plan

There’s the possibility for some lively discussion at tomorrow’s Development Oversight Commission meeting over the city’s July decision to use development impact fees set aside for air-quality measures to help fund a climate action plan. The local builders lobby argues the city can’t do that. John Beckman, chief executive officer of the Building Industry Association [...]

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At least it will be energy efficient …

As Roger Phillips noted in today’s story about the new DMV office in downtown Stockton, efficiency is typically the last thing drivers associate with their visits to the facility. Well, how about energy efficiency? A DMV spokesman stopped by our office today after this morning’s grand opening ceremony on South Lincoln Street to dsitribute some [...]

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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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