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Lathrop spending $913,000 for new general plan work
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Earlier this year the City of Manteca hired De Novo Planning group to complete an update to its general plan – the document that provides the basis for all land use and planning decisions.
And now Lathrop has done the same.
Earlier this week the Lathrop City Council voted to authorize the El Dorado Hills based company to begin working on the preparation for the three-year process to rework the document that will govern growth and development in the city for the 20 years.
The cost? Just shy of $1 million.
With a master agreement, already in place with De Novo – a firm that has done work for the City of Lathrop on the Pilot/Flying J Travel Plaza project, the Central Lathrop Specific Plan and the Housing Element Update, a critical component of the general plan – the council awarded a three-year budget not to exceed $913,462. The firm will be responsible for drafting the document that will lay out Lathrop’s planning vision and serve as a blueprint as the city manages growth that is expected to more than double its current size over the course of the next two decades.
According to the staff report for the proposal, the city’s existing general plan is over 25 years old – adopted in 1991 – and is outdated in the sense that a number of law changes that are not reflected in the current document have gone into effect since it was approved.
While it only covers seven specific topics – land use, housing, circulation, conservation, open space, noise and safety – guidelines from the State of California on more current topics such as climate change and the 200-year flood protection effort exist to bolster the document to cover all aspects of future growth and development and help create a document that steers mitigation efforts when required.
If De Novo uses a similar approach to the one they’re taking with Manteca’s update, the firm will invite the public for an open-forum to ask specifically which areas of concern are the most important for the more than 23,000 that call the city home – taking their input and using that information to craft and steer initiatives towards community consensus.
The cost of the General Plan Update itself is $794,315 with a 15 percent contingency of $119,147 not to be used with the written permission of the City Manager. That budget is expected to cover the entire process, and almost half that amount has already been budgeted with the remainder being appropriated at the end of the current fiscal year. 

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.