Lo­di­ans voice con­cerns over fu­ture of Twin Ar­bors land

Lodi News-Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Oula Miq­bel NEWS-SEN­TINEL STAFF WRITER

Com­mu­nity mem­bers filled Carnegie Fo­rum for a Lodi Plan­ning Com­mis­sion meet­ing Wed­nes­day night to voice con­cerns over plans to de­velop the ex­ist­ing Twin Ar­bors Ath­letic Club lo­cated on Cochran Road in Lodi into a hous­ing sub­di­vi­sion.

The topic be­came an emo­tional plea for new home buyer Ju­lia Theresa, who spent eight years search­ing for the per­fect home to raise her fam­ily.

“We pur­chased this home be­cause of the ath­letic fa­cil­ity and the closed-off street,” said Theresa, a home­owner on Cochran Road.

Many home­own­ers in the Sun­west area were vo­cal about the ex­ist­ing de­vel­op­ment, and the dif­fer­ent lot sizes and curb-to-curb street sizes.

“Sun­west 1 has a CCNR stat­ing homes must have a min­i­mum lot size of 7,500 square feet, and I mea­sured the our curb-to-curb dis­tance which is 55 feet Any­thing less than that is not con­sis­tent with Sun­west” Kerry Hilder, a home­owner that at­tended the meet­ing said.

Nora Ol­son, a home­owner on Cochran Road, who also at­tended the meet­ing, stated that the new de­vel­op­ment would cre­ate over­crowd­ing in class­rooms at Vinewood Ele­men­tary School, which is the only ele­men­tary school in that re­gion.

“When Rosegate was built, it caused stu­dent class sizes to in­crease and it in­creased traf­fic on Peach Street,” Ol­son said.

She added that a de­vel­op­ment in the re­gion would be un­con­ven­tional be­cause sev­eral homes are cur­rently for sale in the Sun­west area that have yet to be sold. Ol­son asked if the cur­rent houses were sit­ting in the mar­ket, would there be more buyer traf­fic for a new hous­ing de­vel­op­ment?

The de­vel­op­ment that was pro­posed would con­sist of 28 lots rang­ing from lot sizes that were 7,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet with streets whose curb-to-curb dis­tance was 32 feet.

Ron He­berle, a home­owner on Cochran Road who at­tended the meet­ing, said he be­lieves the prob­lem with nar­row streets is ac­ces­si­bil­ity for fire en­gines and med­i­cal ve­hi­cles driv­ing down those streets.

“When I was work­ing with the fire de­part­ment, we did a test call in one of the de­vel­op­ments with a nar­row street and, had cars parked on the curb, and nav­i­gat­ing that street was dif­fi­cult, and we could not open our cab­i­nets in the en­gine,” said He­berle.

He also stated that the main con­cern for nar­rowed streets is the re­ac­tionary time for driv­ers if a kid were to run out into the mid­dle of the street. The side­walks are so close to the roads that it would not give driv­ers enough time to stop, He­berle stated.

Af­ter mem­bers liv­ing in the sur­round­ing re­gion con­tested the de­vel­op­ment, the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion tabled the vote to meet with the de­vel­oper and re­visit the ex­ist­ing de­vel­op­ment to en­cour­age a more con­sis­tent de­sign and lot siz­ing for the Sun­west re­gion.

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