Thursday, March 29, 2007

Galt, Elk Grove, & Growth

Good planning is an important part of any growth, as is public involvement and this is a part of that process which the two cities and the county need to be continually involved with.

Galt hears growth goals
Elk Grove officials try to dispel fears over consideration of expansion plan.
By Loretta Kalb - Bee Staff Writer

Published 12:00 am PDT Thursday, March 29, 2007

Elk Grove officials assured more than 100 people at a meeting Tuesday night in Galt that the city would not carelessly develop land in south Sacramento County if it expands.

The goal, Elk Grove Councilman Gary Davis said, is not to "pave over" the land.

Several community groups called for the meeting after the Elk Grove City Council decided in January to consider growth south of the existing city boundaries.

Elk Grove Planning Director Christine Crawford told the crowd that the city wanted to "dispel some of the fear" and characterized the process of considering expansion as in its "infancy."

The city's southern boundary at Kammerer Road coincides with Sacramento County's urban services boundary limiting development.

Two weeks ago, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors rejected a proposal to move the urban services boundary to allow 3,400 acres of grazing land to be developed along the El Dorado County line. Supervisor Don Nottoli, who attended Tuesday night's session in Galt, said the decision showed that the boundary "is a very serious line."

Any expansion of Elk Grove would depend on many factors, including the public planning process and Sacramento Local Agency Formation Commission approval.