San Joaquin County has been working on the General Plan Update, and part of that process involves accepting property owner requests for changes to General Plan land use designations.

How is this relevant to folks that enjoy the outdoors, hunting, fishing, or birding?

Land that was once zoned for agricultural use (and could  benefit wildlife secondarily) can be rezoned to be devloped as an industrial, commercial, or residential site.

Overall, County Staff seemed to do a good job fending off inconsistent uses and unreasonable attempts to pave paradise  and put up parking lots (thank you Joni Mitchell). It was also nice to see a focus on encouraging Smart Growth in the Plan.

Regardless, this is something that we should all be keeping our eyes on!

Click here to read the General Plan Land Use Designation Change Requests Summary