Increasing Suburban Housing, Part One

This is a very good thing, a strategy our organization supports strongly as the beauty of the Parkway is largely determined by the corresponding beauty of the suburban communities surrounding it, which we wrote about in our 2012 Research Report “The American River Parkway’s Suburban Setting: The Sacramento Dream, A Vision & Policy Primer” online at

Environmentalists who tend to lead the way in trying to stop the development of new suburban housing, lost another local battle recently and the Cordova Hills suburban community development will be able to proceed after winning the law suit, as reported by the Sacramento Bee.

An excerpt.

A Superior Court judge has thrown out a legal challenge of a 2,700-acre development proposed for the eastern edge of Sacramento County.

The Sierra Club and the Environmental Council of Sacramento filed suit in February 2013, saying that the county’s environmental review of Cordova Hills was inadequate. They argued that the favorable review hinged on a university that has been proposed for the project but will likely never be built….

The attorney for the environmentalists, Don Mooney, did not request to make arguments before Chang on Friday, making her ruling final. Mooney did not return a call Friday, nor did officials from the Environmental Council of Sacramento and the Sierra Club.

Developer Ron Alvarado praised the ruling.

“I’m very gratified that the court has certified the completeness of the review,” he said.

Cordova Hills still needs to obtain federal permits for handling wetlands on the project site and negotiate with the county over the infrastructure costs for the site, Alvarado said. Developers must pay for roads, drainage, sewage pipes and other facilities needed for the project.

But the biggest factor in determining when construction will start is the health of the real estate market, Alvarado said. He declined to estimate when work might start on the project off Grant Line Road and east of Rancho Cordova.

Cordova Hills is expected to include 8,000 residential units, commercial and office space and the tenuous university project. In their petition to the court, ECOS and the Sierra Club pointed out that a planned private college venture pulled out of Cordova Hills before the Board of Supervisors voted for the project.

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About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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