Stockton Votes to Protect Airport- Developer Not Happy

Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Development buffer around airport approved
The Stockton (CA) Record

STOCKTON – San Joaquin County lawmakers voted today to create a buffer prohibiting residential and commercial development within two miles of Stockton Metropolitan Airport, a process critics say will be costly, time-consuming and possibly ineffective. The county Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to impose the growth boundary by amending the county’s General Plan, which requires a lengthy environmental review, multiple public hearings and other steps that could delay its creation for more than a year, officials said.

The estimated cost to taxpayers would be at least $300,000, according to Kerry Sullivan, the county’s community development director.

Board members called the decision a step toward protecting the airport from a future of noise and safety complaints that new development could bring.

But Supervisor Leroy Ornellas, who cast the lone dissenting vote, called the proposed buffer an attempt to block one particular project: Stockton-based Arnaiz Development Co.’s Tidewater Crossing, which proposes more than 2,100 homes on 880 acres south and east of the airport.

Editor’s Note: Supervisor Ornellas ties to the developer leave many questions.

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