ECOS’ Comments on Expanding the Urban Services Boundary in Natomas

12/15/2015

The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors announced today that they have moved their workshop on the plan to expand the Urban Services Boundary north of Natomas from tomorrow, December 16th, 2015 to March 8, 2016. ECOS’ comments on how expanding the boundary would allow for a whole new area of urban sprawl when we should instead be focusing on infill development and reaping the co-benefits were submitted on December 15th, 2015.

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We hope that your Board understands the significance of your actions regarding expanding the USB north to the Sutter County line. We understand that this is only a step in a long process of considering entitlement approval. But you have authorized entering into contracts for over $7 million worth of studies and work to figure out the details of creating a new town of 55,000 people, and you have authorized preparation of a $1 million Environmental Impact Report to consider the impacts. You are proceeding as if this is a done deal only requiring the planning details to be worked out. And you are doing so without having fully and publicly addressed the significant issues associated with the threshold decision of whether this development should proceed at all, in this time frame, or under the auspices of the County rather than the City. Please consider our request to put the project on hold while you undertake a serious and unbiased review and hold a public discussion on the important concerns we are raising.

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ECOS’ Comments on Another Attempt to Increase Elk Grove’s Sphere of Influence

11/23/2015

ECOS and Habitat 2020 are far from convinced that the use of this site for a multi-sport complex is warranted based upon the significant impacts that will result from its development. We would caution LAFCo that many of the significant impacts could be completely avoided with a more northerly or central location being chosen as an alternative site.

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ECOS’ Comments on the 2016 MTP/SCS Draft Update

11/16/2015

ECOS has many years of experience participating in SACOG’s regional planning process, as well as in issues related to SB 375 implementation. In this work, ECOS coordinates with many regional and state-‐wide partners, some of which have chosen to sign in in support of this letter.

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We applaud SACOG’s progress in development of the 2016 Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Community Strategy (MTP/SCS) update, and we call on all of the region’s jurisdictions to make the serious changes to their growth patterns and policies that will be necessary to make this Sustainable Communities Strategy a reality.

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