Who Supports the SOI?

Over the last several weeks much has been said and written about the City of Elk Grove’s Sphere of Influence (SOI) application with the Sacr...

Over the last several weeks much has been said and written about the City of Elk Grove’s Sphere of Influence (SOI) application with the Sacramento LAFCO. By far the vast majority of what has been said is in opposition to inclusion of the Cosumnes River floodplain in the SOI.

Those in opposition are well defined – from various high profile community members to groups such as the Wilton Action Group, which was formed as a result of the city’s application. Recently Elk Grove City Council Member Gary Davis has stepped-up his opposition to inclusion of the floodplain in the application.

While EGN has devoted much space to those opposed to the SOI, we have devoted very little space to those who are in favor of inclusion of the floodplain in the SOI.

One of the leading proponents of the SOI has been Elk Grove Council member Pat Hume. In a March 10 e-mail correspondence, EGN invited Hume to submit an opinion piece on his position to the SOI.

To date Hume has not accepted this offer. The offer still stands.

We also invite those who support the SOI and inclusion of the floodplain in the application to let their voices be heard.

Keep the JPA in mind

One other thing should be noted as it relates to the SOI and that is the Capital/Southeast Connector Joint Powers Authority, or JPA for short. The JPA is a multi-government agency that has among other tasks, the construction of a major roadway connecting Interstate 5 and California Highway 99 with US Highway 50.

All of the scenarios for the proposed road have a least a portion of the proposed roadway running along Grantline Road east of Hwy. 99. (see the maps here.) Two of the three have the roadway running along Grantline – right through the heart of the city’s SOI.

If the proposed major roadway along Grantline comes to fruition, this area will be ripe for develpment. Just what type of development is not certain, but there will nonetheless be economic pressure to open this vast swath of open land to development.

So when looking at the SOI, don’t forget about the JPA. And by the way, Hume is Elk Grove’s representative on the JPA.

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Elk Grove Politics said...

Hume has also yet to answer why he is opposed to the SOI question be put on the ballot. Is it because he knows it will be voted down? Or is it because he wants to control the SOI discussion and let us voters be damned.

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