The Sacramento Local Agency Formation Commission begins hearings soon on Elk Grove’s request to include 8,000 acres south of its current city limits within its sphere of influence.
Approval would give the city a green light to annex and develop the land. This request is the largest urban expansion ever to come before LAFCO.
Elk Grove’s leaders would have us believe they simply want to plan for their future and improve their job-housing balance. Others have tried to characterize the issues as jobs vs. environment. But there is regional significance far beyond that simple calculus. Here are 10 reasons why LAFCO should turn down Elk Grove’s overreaching request:
Lack of need, questionable prospects for job growth and uncertainty of enough water for planned growth stand in marked contrast to the high agricultural and habitat value of the land requested for expansion. LAFCO should convey to Elk Grove the need to act consistent with adopted regional plans and to focus on job growth within its existing 3,000 vacant acres. In the meantime, give the habitat conservation plan a reasonable chance to succeed and provide an opportunity to establish certainty of an adequate water supply. That is the regionally responsible course of action for LAFCO.