Just as Sacramento was able to build in the flood plain—an area in which I live with several thousand other residents—so should Elk Grove; assuming they take the type of flood prevention and habitat protection precautions legally mandated.
The discussion about the expansion is reported by the Sacramento Bee.
“The battle surrounding Elk Grove's bid to expand southward by 10,500 acres won't be the last land war.
“But for people living in or near the proposed expansion area, the stakes are high:
“• For landowners, the current plan to create a mile-wide buffer straddling Eschinger Road threatens to limit what they can do with their property. The buffer would separate urbanized and agriculture areas.
“• Environmentalists and Wilton residents south of the Cosumnes River area fear that Elk Grove's expansion into the Cosumnes River floodplain will jeopardize habitat and a legacy of peaceful country living.
“The city expansion bid is under review by the Sacramento Local Agency Formation Commission….”