This week: Supervisors to review Cordova Hills proposal

Published: Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1B

Cordova Hills, a controversial development of about 8,000 homes planned for eastern Sacramento County, returns to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday for a vote.

The board delayed a December vote on the project after Supervisor Phil Serna said the project should be analyzed to see how it would affect the area's ability to meet state targets for reducing greenhouse gases and building sustainable communities.

Cordova Hills lies outside the county's current growth boundary. Developers sold the plan to the county on the assumption that it would include a four-year university, but the Catholic group that was to build the school later pulled out.

The Sacramento Council of Governments, the regional entity that writes Sacramento's transportation plan, says that without a university, Cordova Hills would make it more difficult for the region to reduce gas emissions that contribute to global warming.

County planning staff nonetheless recommends approval, saying the development has a variety of elements that offset its remote location, including walking and biking paths, a transit shuttle and different types of housing. – Mary Lynne Vellinga

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