Thursday, August 11, 2011

Sacramento Suburbs Expanding?

If so, then this is very good news (see our press release) as reported by the Sacramento Bee.

An excerpt.

“Despite objections by environmental groups, Sacramento County appears poised to allow potential development of 20,000 rural acres as part of its general plan update.

“The question now is what kind of requirements the county will impose on developers seeking to build.

“At the direction of the Board of Supervisors, county staff has loosened a set of proposed rules for the new growth after objections by developers with major projects on the drawing board.

“Still, interim County Executive Steve Szalay said the county's proposed requirements will both allow new growth and produce compact, transit-friendly communities.

"The plan is flexible but credible," he said.

“But environmental groups and other opponents complain that the rules proposed for the county's new general plan will make it too easy for developers to continue Sacramento's decades-long pattern of building suburban-style, single-family development on the urban fringe.

"There's constant pressure to keep building single-family housing and big-box stores," said Rob Burness, a local environmentalist and former Sacramento County planner. "The weaker the criteria, the more likely they are to continue that pattern."

“Disagreement over growth management is a major reason the county has spent more than eight years trying to update its general plan, which will set the rules for development in the unincorporated area.”