FINAL REPORT
CASE #1500 Stockton Planning Department

REASON FOR INVESTIGATION

A citizen's complaint was received requesting the 2000-2001 San Joaquin County Civil Grand Jury (SJCCGJ) investigate the Stockton Planning Department.

BACKGROUND

The compliant alleged that the Stockton Planning Department failed to process his application for re-zoning properly.

The complainant also alleges that the Stockton Planning Department provided false information to the 1997-1998 SJCCGJ.

The complainant also states that he had signed the mitigation agreement, which was later found in the wrong file, leading to his application for re-zoning not being considered.

METHOD OF INVESTIGATION

Members of the SJCCGJ interviewed the complainant via conference telephone call from the Grand Jury room.

The senior planner, as well as other members of the Stockton Planning Department, was interviewed by the SJCCGJ.

The SJCCGJ also reviewed the chronological order of key actions in this case including the re-zoning, annexation and related environmental documents.

FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS

There is no evidence to support the allegation that the application was not properly processed.

There also is no evidence that the Stockton Planning Department provided false information to the 1997-1998 Grand Jury.

The mitigation agreement submitted by the complainant had been altered making it unacceptable.

The 2000-2001 SJCCGJ therefore finds that the previous Grand Jury of 1997-1998 conducted a proper investigation of the complaint.

The Stockton Planning Department indicated that the complainant may re-submit his application.

RECOMMENDATION

None

RESPONSE

None