Why Rush to Process the Sphere of Influence Application?
Written By EGN on Thursday, November 1, 2012 | 00:15
Why rush to process the Sphere of Influence (SOI) Application?
My name is LaWanna Montgomery and I’m running for mayor of Elk Grove to make tough decisions and take us into the 21st Century. I am a strong leader with empathy for the people and my community. During tough economic times, we cannot afford to overspend or make hasty decisions that affect us all. I cannot support or vote for the Sphere Of Influence (SOI) Application in its present condition. I firmly believe that the SOI application involves input from residents before moving forward.
The city should withdraw its application pending approval from Sacramento Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) until our community, stakeholders and residents can give more input in the decision making process. In order to build a better community, Elk Grove should concentrate on working within existing acres and borders before expanding to new ones. Our city has a lot of vacant land to promote jobs and housing. Currently, we have more than 1800 vacant homes and one of the highest vacancy rates in the region of retail and office space.
Accountability and responsibility comes with proper planning and smart growth. Smart growth involves collaboration with the citizens, and stakeholders, and should not solely be the decision of a few or city council members. The work ahead of us takes time requiring strategic and technical planning.
The City of Elk Grove maintains that to build future residential, industrial, and commercial sites may require additional land outside of the current city boundaries. Specifically, located south of Bilby Road. Kammerer Road and Grant Lines Road. The amended SOI application includes 7,869 acres, which 4,500 acres used for housing and 2,300 acres used for retail and industrial purposes.
I am asking residents to stand with me against the SOI application in its present form.
LaWanna Montgomery, Mayoral Candidate Elk Grove
Posted by EGN at 00:15