Dear Advocates for Farmland and Wildlife, as summarized by our partner, the Friends of Swainson’s Hawk:
It is time again to stand up for sound planning. LAFCo will hold a hearing on whether to reconsider their 4-3 decision 2/7/18 to allow a landowner Sphere of Influence amendment to Elk Grove. This approval to allow conversion of 1,156 acres of farmland is actually a huge change in planning for growth. The staff report recommends denying the reconsideration hearing due to lack of new information. Reconsideration has been requested both by Suzanne Pecci (Elk Grove resident) on water issues, and by environmentalists on a number of issues.
You can help by sending an email to LAFCo Commissioners commissionclerk[at]saclafco[dot]org urging that the Commissioners grant a reconsideration hearing because the issues are big and complex and there are 22 significant and unavoidable impacts of the decision that won’t ever be fully mitigated. These include negative impacts on farmland and agriculture in Sacramento County.
It is always helpful for people to show up at the hearing to show their concern and interest.
Here is the link to our webpage with more references. You can find our letter asking for reconsideration there and also the link to the staff report.
PLEASE COPY US ON YOUR EMAIL at swainsonshawk[at]sbcglobal[dot]net.
Thank you for your support.