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POSTED November 14, 2017 12:40 a.m.

When the Lathrop City Council was considering dropping their bi-monthly meetings down to once-a-month for efficiency purposes, City Manager Steve Salvatore said that the lion’s share of staff’s work on massive development projects is already behind them.
And that’s exactly what the last two months of Planning Commission meetings shows as well.
With River Islands now officially in full swing, the major hurdles for the Central Lathrop Specific Plan – the area around Lathrop High School and the Generations Center – cleared and the South Lathrop Specific Plan still years away, the Lathrop Planning Commission hasn’t had a whole lot on their plate over the course of the last several months.
The commission hasn’t held a regularly scheduled meeting since July – meeting only briefly in September for a special meeting a week after their regular meeting was cancelled. Both meetings in August were canceled, as were the two scheduled meetings for October and November.
There is no formal posting of December’s meetings yet available on the City of Lathrop’s website, but unless projects that require the commission’s approval work their way up through the pipeline, the same fate could be in store for that month as well.
During the council’s discussion on condensing their monthly agenda down into a single night to cut down on the amount of staff preparation time and the money required to staff those meetings when only a handful of items will actually be discussed, no mention of the planning commission came up.
Some on the council disagreed with the notion of taking away one of the public’s two opportunities to voice their concerns and participate in the government process, but the fact that the city was forced to cancel 11 of its bi-monthly meetings last year because there wasn’t enough to fill out the agenda ultimately secured enough votes to make the change – the second major change the council has adopted in the last year after the decision to stretch out the city’s budget cycle to two-years for similar reasons.
The Lathrop Planning Commission is formally scheduled to meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. at Lathrop City Hall – located at 390 Towne Centre Drive – inside of the city council chambers.

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email jcampbell@mantecabulletin.com or call 209.249.3544.

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