A huge THANK YOU goes out to the hundreds of neighbors and supporters that turned out for the Public Hearing in Stockton last night! We definitely made an impression on the Planning Commission and showed them we are united and we are many. It will be equally important that we make an even bigger statement when we go to our next hearing in two weeks.
I’m sorry that our committee was unable to give you advanced notice regarding the requested continuance and I wanted to be sure everyone understands when and why this was done. We were notified around 4:30 PM on October 20th that one of the Planning Commissioners would not be present at the hearing and it was explained that we will be required to get 3 votes to win this case. It is much more difficult to get 3 out of 4 votes, then it would be to get 3 out of 5 votes and therefore it would be in our best interest to ask for a continuance. We were also advised that we could request it in writing prior to 5pm, but there was no assurance that it would be granted. The applicant and his attorney would have to agree, and all the commissioners would have to agree be a continuance can be granted. I was advised to move forward as though the hearing was going to take place and to be prepared to give our statements.
Before we decided on this issue, we discussed this with a Land Attorney and with a Senior Development Consultant and both emphatically agreed that we should request the continuance under these circumstances. We barely emailed the continuance request letter just before we left for the hearing and we had no idea if it were even received, let alone what would happen. We didn’t have time to update websites or call everyone, and we felt if we tried to explain as everyone was entering the building it would create too much disruption.
For future direct communication we would like to create an email distribution list, so we can quickly blast out an email to everyone should there be an urgent communication. Please opt-in by sending an email to StopLaborCamp@yahoo.com
Most of us received the attached CDD Staff Report in which Jennifer Jolley, Mo Hatef, and Kerry Sullivan recommends to the planning commission that they approve the Right-of-Way access at the upcoming Public Hearing. This is not a final decision and it's all the more reason why EVERYONE SHOULD ATTEND THE PUBLIC HEARING on October 20th. They still have to listen to what we have to say at this hearing before rendering a decision. It is their hope to discourage the community from attending the hearing. Below is the email we received.
PA-1600188 (SA) Private Right of Way application of Fred Smith
The item above is scheduled to be heard at the 10/20/16 Planning Commission meeting which beings at 6:30 p.m. at the Public Health Auditorium at1601 East Hazelton Avenue, Stockton CA.
Attached is the staff report. Copies of the staff report are also available by typing the following addresses :
For a direct link to zipped files with additional documents:
For a link to the Planning page with separate links (under 'PA-1600188'):
Additionally, hard copies are available at the Community Development Department at 1810 E. Hazelton Avenue, Stockton, CA or you can call or email the following people with any additional questions:
Jennifer Jolley Mo Hatef Kerry Sullivan
209-468-8908 209-468-8477 209-468-3140
firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
San Joaquin County CDD
1810 East Hazelton Avenue
Stockton, CA 95205
On Thursday, October 20, 2016, ·at 6:30 pJn., or as soon as possible thereafter, in the Auditorium of the San Joaquin County Department of Public Health Services, 1601 East Hazelton _Avenue, Stockton, California, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider:
SITE APPROVAL APPLICATION NO. PA-1600188 OF FRED SMITH (C/0 JOHN DROGE) for a private right-of-way request to a 4.85 acre lot located within the California Village Farms Tract (Plat "E", Lot 11 ). The project site is located on the north side of Brittany Lane, 331 feet east of Bryant Road, Acampo
(Supervisorial District: 4).
ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OF PROJECT:
An Initial Study has been prepared indicating the project will not have a significant impact on the environment, and a Negative Declaration has been prepared for the project.
PUBLIC HEARING PROCEDURE:
Following is a brief explanation of Planning Commission hearings. For meetings with large agendas, or if an item is particularly controversial, the time limits noted below may be-applied by the Chairman:
• Staff report and recommendation are presented
• Primary project proponents give their testimony (limited to 20 minutes). Other project proponents give their testimony (limited to 5 minutes).
• Primary project opponents give their testimony (limited to 20 minutes if there is an agreed upon spokesperson). Other project opponents give.their testimony (limited to 5 minotes).
• Applicant may rebut the opponents' testimony (limited to 10 minutes).
• Time limits do not apply to responses to questions from Planning Commissioners or staff.
• Chairman will close the public hearing and bring the matter back to the Planning Commission for discussion and decision.
All persons interested in this matter are invited to be present at this hearing and submit oral statements regarding either the project or the Environmental Determination. Any written materials or statements you want to be considered at the hearing must be submitted to the Community Development Department no later than noon on the Friday before the public hearing. Only those persons who attend the hearing or participate by making oral or written comments may appeal any Planning Commission actions to the Board of Supervisors. If you challenge the nature of any proposed actions in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Community Development Department prior to the public hearing. If you have any questions about this matter, please contact San Joaquin County Community Development Department, 1810 East Hazelton Avenue, Stockton, CA 95205. Phone: 209-468-3120.
Kerry Sullivan, Director
San Joaquin County
Community Development Department
Please attend the public hearing on Thursday 10/20/2016 at 6:30 PM at 1601 E Hazelton in Stockton. This hearing is to object to the Right-of-Way access permit needed to build the road to access the building site for the proposed Farm Labor Camp on Brittany Ln. We have a core committee of people working on the key issues regarding the road access and they will be presenting our objections at this hearing. After our committee members present our argument, any who wants to say something will have the opportunity do so. Although it is clear that a labor camp is the proposed use of the land, this hearing is only for the Right-of-Way access application. If we can stop the access to the lot, we can stop the project.
We have sent the 85 letters collected at our town hall meeting along with the petition signed by over 400 of our concerned neighbors to each of the Planning Commission members, to their supervisors, and to all of the members of the County Board of Supervisors. We have been told that they have also received over 100 letters and emails individually from you. Now we need to have a strong showing at this hearing.
The committee does not want to post our arguments publicly, so if you have concerns or suggestions about what we are presenting, you may contact us to discuss it in private.
Dale Kramer 209-401-7182
Susan Webster 209-481-1549
The lot on Brittany Lane where the proposed labor camp is to be built is still in escrow and the Seller is now taking back-up offers. I believe a strong back-up offer will encourage the Seller to put pressure on the current buyer to perform or back out. If someone other than John Droge were to purchase this lot, it would stop the labor camp immediately. I'm a licensed realtor and have some ideas on how you can make money on this lot purchase and I can arrange financing for you. Please call me if you're in a position to purchase this lot.
Susan Webster 209-481-1549
Click here for listing information: http://portal.ikenex.com/share/MTUwODc0NjE4103/14e90/5635017
Community Development Department, 1810 East Hazelton Ave, Stockton, CA 95205 Phone: (209) 468-3124, Fax: (209) 468-3163
Planning Commission Members
Board of Supervisors, 44 North San Joaquin Street, Sixth Floor, Suite 627, Stockton, CA 95202
Phone: (209) 468-3113, Fax: (209) 468-3694
Write and mail a letter or sign the attached sample letter
Sign the petition to STOP THE RIGHT OF WAY (Call Dale 209-401-7182)
Attend the Public Hearing on 10/20/2016
Email the members of the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors
Expansion of Brittany Lane for proposed Agricultural Employee Housing
Decrease in property values
Traffic and road issues
Land use compatibility
A very important TOWN HALL MEETING is scheduled for Saturday 9/10/16 at 10:00 AM and will be held at Pemintel’s at 23475 N Sowles Road. Please plan to attend this meeting. Together we can stop this project. PLEASE BRING A CHAIR