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County planning panel endorses proposed Elverta

March 23, 2006

Bee Metro Staff

A plan to construct 4,950 homes in Elverta won the endorsement Tuesday night of the Sacramento County Policy Planning Commission.

The 3-0 vote in support of the Elverta Specific Plan, which will bring significant changes to the largely rural area and boost traffic along Watt Avenue and other north county corridors, advances the project to the Board of Supervisors.

Approval by the board could allow construction of homes, schools, parks, commercial buildings and other structures in a 1,744-acre area beginning in 2007.

Included in the project are plans for 675 affordable housing units required under the county’s affordable housing law. The units are to be dispersed throughout the project area.

The plan is expected to go to the board following completion of a final environmental impact report. The project has been debated within the community for the past decade.

More than 40 people attended the Planning Commission meeting Tuesday, with only one person, Deborah Byrne, speaking.

Byrne, a former chairwoman of the Rio Linda-Elverta Community Planning Advisory Council, expressed concerns about traffic, drainage and other issues associated with the project area, which is south of the Placer County line and north of portions of U Street. The new community would be west of Gibson Ranch County Park.

“It’s a milestone,” said John H. Hodgson, who represented property owners in developing and presenting the plan, following the commission vote. “We think we have a pretty good plan.”