Re "Should county approve Cordova Hills?" (Viewpoints, Jan. 27): Cordova Hills should not be approved. Besides Phil Serna's concerns, the approval process was disingenuous. This project barely passed the smart growth criteria by one or two points. The university is included primarily as an employment generator to reduce car miles, assuming those who used it would live there. And if they didn't, how far would they drive?
Contrary to former Supervisor Sandy Smoley, Cordova Hills lies outside the urban services area and would only be inside if approved. The plan includes transit, a perimeter bus running every 15 minutes connecting to light rail. Funding in perpetuity is not identified. If it runs less frequently, there are not enough points for approval. With or without the university, you have a development in violation of all current efforts to reduce sprawl. The supervisors should stand up for our communal long-term interests, not short-term developer profits.
-- Lawrence Bernstein, Sacramento
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