City prohibits gas stations, relaxes parking requirements, next to light rail stations

December 11, 2018

From Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement

The Sacramento City Council Tuesday voted 8-0 to prohibit new gas stations, drive-through restaurants and auto repair shops within a quarter mile of light rail stations. Those within a half mile will require a conditional use permit.

The new rules also eliminate minimum off-street parking requirements for housing developments within a quarter mile of light rail stations, and reduce them by half within a half-mile radius.

The changes are intended to spur construction of housing in pedestrian, bicycling and transit-friendly corridors around light rail stations, where residents would have less need for cars.

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Sacramento plans to pull out trees near Convention Center during renovation

By Theresa Clift

November 27, 2018
Updated November 28, 2018

The Sacramento Bee

Leading up to the meeting, members of Trees for Sacramento and other residents told Hansen they were alarmed by a document on the city website that said city staff was asking the council to cut down 96 trees for the projects. The real number is actually 51, Hocker told the council at the meeting. The higher number included some large shrubs.

Judith Lamare, of Trees for Sacramento, said the city should have considered tree removals at the time the council was asked to approve the design plan for the projects, when there was still time to make changes without wasting a lot of money.

“That way we wouldn’t get in the position we’re in tonight,” Lamare said.
Paul Andrews said the lost trees would mean about 22,000 square feet of shade lost downtown, which will make it harder for people to be outside in the summer.

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Upcycle Pop Spark/Eco Holiday Market – Dec. 2

Hey Sacramento area residents, forget Black Friday! Shop locally and sustainably at Upcycle Pop Spark – Eco Holiday Market!

Upcycle Pop Spark – Eco Holiday Market is an interactive pop-up indoor holiday market for artistically repurposed art, furniture, fashion, home design, and inventions. On December 2, 2018, from noon to 6 pm, shop sustainably for the holiday season and watch eco-friendly artists create works of art from discarded items. Enjoy original live music from local bands, savor kombucha, beer or wine for a good cause and play with the interactive art installations. Event is FREE and family-friendly!

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