City of Sacramento Draft General Plan Update Presentation to ECOS 6/27

ECOS Climate Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 27 – 6:00 pm start

LINK to join: ECOS ZOOM https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6656164155 or call: 1 669 900 6833, Mtg ID: 665 616 4155

6:00 Welcome and Introductions

6:10 City of Sacramento Draft General Plan Update (GPU)
Remi Mendoza, Senior Planner and Project Manager for the City of Sacramento, will share information on the City’s new draft General Plan Update. The General Plan Update includes goals for promoting the development of a wider variety of housing types and this plan also envisages interconnected centers and corridors, so that future growth is sustainable and equitable. sac2040gpu[at]cityofsacramento[dot]org

The City will host a 3rd webinar on June 29 on the CAAP and General Plan Update — https://www.cityofsacramento.org/Community-Development/Planning/Major-Projects/General-Plan.

6:40 Discussion/Q&A (GPU)

7:05 Updates and Announcements

  • Sacramento County’s Climate Emergency Mobilization Task Force – status update
  • Measure A redux – 2024 ballot measure to fund transit, etc.
  • SACOG Blueprint
  • I-80 lanes to be added between Davis and Sacramento – draft EIR expected soon
  • Community Benefits Ordinance for Sacramento City
  • Proposed development projects jeopardizing the Natomas Basin Habitat Conservation Plan
  • Regional Climate Action Plan for 7 counties, by Sacramento Metro Air District (SMAQMD)
  • Others …

This meeting is open to everyone interested in addressing some of our region’s most pressing challenges.

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Habitat: Natomas Development Issues

July 3, 2023 — Please join us for the ECOS Habitat 2020 Monthly Meeting on Monday, July 3, 2023 at 7:00pm, where 30 minutes will be spent discussing Natomas development issues, and what we can do about them.

Link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6656164155
To phone in: 669-900-6833, Meeting ID: 665 616 4155

Agenda

  1. 7:00 Welcome, Introductions, 10 min (Burness)
  2. 7:10 Natomas Development Issues, 30 min (Lamare, Fargo and Whitney)
    a. Neighborhood meetings
    b. New development proposals
    c. South Airport project timeline
    d. City and LAFCo response to ECOS et al letter
    e. Meetings w/ City council and Co board members
    f. Grant application
  3. 7:40 City Parks Initiative, 10 min (Tura and Fargo)
  4. 7:50 Sacramento City General Plan Update Discussion—Should we engage? 20 min (Burness intro)
  5. 8:10 Coyote Creek Sola Voltaic Project, 15 min (Leary, Delfino, Kelly)
    a. Video footage of site
    b. Project timeline
    c. Funding support
    d. Meetings with Co board members
  6. 8:25 Kassis Project, 15 min (Berry, Weiland)
    a. Meetings with Cordova City management re code violations
    b. New application
  7. 8:40 Other Environmental Issues and Updates, 20 min
    a. Mather Preserve Management (Burness)
    b. Tunnel Project (Burness)
    c. Habitat Acquisition Initiative (Schweigert)
    d. 30×30 Effort (Burness)
    e. Aerojet Cleanup (Heple)
    f. Other
  8. 9:00 Adjourn

Goodbye Open Land

The June 2023 issue of N Magazine featured an article about open land in Natomas.

Click here or on the image below to view the article in PDF.

Enjoy more issues of N Magazine here.

Sac leaders must advance work of Natomas Basin Conservancy, The Sacramento Bee, May 28, 2023

May 28, 2023

Brad Branan is a freelance journalist and photographer who sits on the boards of the Environmental Council of Sacramento and Sierra Club, Sacramento Group, both of which oppose development in the Natomas Basin.

One day, I saw a pair of Osprey build a nest atop a utility pole. Another day, I watched a Great Egret pluck aquatic creatures out of a canal and swallow them like popcorn shrimp. And on yet another day, I saw thousands of Snow Geese fly in unison near Highway 99, creating what looked like a vibrating cloud. The scenes happened on or next to property owned by the Natomas Basin Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that has collected fees from local governments and land donations from developers to protect threatened species since 1997. The Conservancy focuses on 22 plants and animals in the Natomas Basin, an area running from Garden Highway to south Sutter County, and from the Sacramento River to Steelhead Creek. Surveys have found that the Swainson’s Hawk, Giant Garter Snake and other threatened animals have maintained or increased populations during the Conservancy’s tenure. But now the Conservancy’s important work is under threat from three major development proposals

Read more at: https://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/article275752381.html#storylink=cpy

ECOS Transportation Team Meeting 6/1

Join us Thursday, June 1, 2023, 6:00 pm, on Zoom!

Link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6656164155
To phone in: 669-900-6833, Meeting ID: 665 616 4155

6:00pm Welcome from Sam Rice, Transportation Team Lead, and Ralph Propper, Climate Committee Chair; and Attendee Introductions

6:10pm I Street Bridge Replacement Project: What this bridge can deliver for Local and Regional Mobility
• Presentation by Greg Taylor from the City of Sacramento

6:40pm Streets for People: Sacramento Active Transportation Plan
• Presentation by Jeff Jelsma from the City of Sacramento

7:10pm Update on 2024 SMART transportation funding measure

7:15pm General Discussion; Announcements; Opportunities for advocacy

7:30pm Adjourn

This meeting is open to everyone interested in addressing one of our region’s most pressing challenges.

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Opposing development on land that was planned to support threatened species

Photo by Brad Branan: Osprey nest in the Natomas Basin

May 1, 2023 — By Brad Branan, ECOS Board member, representative of Sierra Club Sacramento

ECOS members are leading efforts to protect the Natomas Basin from several large-scale developments proposed for the environmentally sensitive area.

Developers are proposing three major projects in the basin, including the Airport South Industrial Project (ASIP) on 450 acres of farmland outside the city of Sacramento and the County’s Urban Services Boundary line. Together the projects total 8,191 acres, larger than the entire North Natomas area.

The basin is subject to environmental protection through the Natomas Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (NBHCP), which was a federal and state requirement in 1997 to mitigate planned development in the City. The NBHCP was later approved by a federal court. The basin, which includes 54,000 acres in Sacramento and Sutter County, from the Garden Highway to the Cross Canal in Sutter County, provides habitat for the protected Swainson’s Hawk and Giant Garter Snake, among other animals.

The developers of the ASIP need approval from the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) so the land can become part of the City of Sacramento.

Habitat 2020, an ECOS committee, opposed the first step taken by the City and LAFCo staff in that process – to make the city and the commission co-lead agencies on the environmental review of the annexation and the project. A law firm hired by Habitat 2020 and Friends of the Swainson’s Hawk sent the commission a letter saying that having co-lead agencies is a violation of state environmental law. They are waiting for a response.

ECOS member and former Sacramento Mayor Heather Fargo, along with the ECOS Climate Committee’s Natomas Team, has been meeting with officials to explain why environmentalists oppose the project. Fargo and other project opponents are meeting with LAFCo members and Sacramento council members and are asking that the proposed annexation be brought to the Council for a public hearing and decision by the city council.