News & Notes (5/5/14)

local@modbee.comMay 4, 2014 

MEETING WILL EXPLORE TWO LAND USE PLANS

A community meeting on the Stanislaus Council of Governments’ Sustainable Community Strategy and the Modesto general plan update will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at The Carpenter’s House Church, 1105 S. Carpenter Road. Both efforts will consider long-term housing, transportation and land-use needs, taking a big-picture look at how the city and county can grow over time in a way that uses resources efficiently, protects communities, conserves farmland and open space, and supports health and the economy. The StanCOG plan is in public review and is anticipated to be adopted this summer. Modesto recently has formulated its general plan for a lengthy environmental assessment. StanCOG and city staff will provide graphic presentations and answer questions about planning principles, state requirements, plan recommendations, the processes leading to implementation and projected results. Seating is limited; reserve by emailing info@fresnometmin.org or calling (559) 485-1416. Online registration is at www.fresnometmin.org. The contacts are at Fresno Metro Ministry, which is organizing meetings in Stanislaus and Fresno counties. Child care and Spanish translation are available. Other sponsors include the City Ministry Network of Modesto, Stanislaus Community Foundation, Congregations Building Community and others.

WALK SET TO FIGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Without Permission will hold its annual 5K and 10K walk/run, the Freedom Run, on June 14 at Tuolumne River Regional Park in Modesto. Races begin at 7:30 a.m. For the 5K, the cost to register is $30 for adults, $10 for children, and includes a t-shirt. The 10K cost is $40 and $20. After June 1, the rates go up $5. There will be registration available at 6:30 a.m. the day of the race. Without Permission works to raise awareness of human trafficking and sexual slavery in the Central Valley and nationwide.

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