Elk Grove City Council to Hear Rezones, Planning Items

July 9, 2013 | During this Wednesday night's regular meeting, among the five planning items the Elk Grove City Council will inclu...

July 9, 2013 |

During this Wednesday night's regular meeting, among the five planning items the Elk Grove City Council will included a rezone request and request to sell alcohol.

The rezone request is for a request to rezone approximately 3.91 acres from high density residential to a shopping center. The parcel is part of the Laguna Ridge Specific plan and would require an amendment to the Elk Grove Town Center design guidelines.

The request to sell off-premise alcohol comes from the Wal Mart grocery store located on Elk Grove Blvd. According to the California Alcohol Beverage Control the store is located in a census tract that both over concentrated and in a high crime area.

In spite of the ABC's findings, the Elk Grove Planning Commission approved the request. The Elk Grove Police also did not express concern the granting of the application would lead to further crime in the area. 

Wednesday's meeting starts at 6 p.m.

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Anonymous said...

Curious why the EGPD did not comment on this item. There are plenty of liquor stores in EG in which to get your beer. Why would we want to mix the Wal-Mart mentality with liquor? Seems we read about weekly crime happening at the EG Blvd location. I don't understand the lack of concern or comments by our police dept. Curious.

Anonymous said...

"rezone approximately 3.91 acres from high density residential to a shopping center"....I would assume this is just a small portion that is needed for a much larger commercial entity on the corner of EGB & Bruceville. Of course the city knowsz what it is.....hopefully a Super Walmart!

Anonymous said...

adding more shopping centers to the ones we cant even fill right now...why??...elk grove city council at its best....

Lynn said...

This is a council meeting to watch! TV programs are re-runs now...watch this first time show;"Elk Grove City Council at its best" Elk Grove will now have overhead powerlines...watch to hear the location....

Connie said...

Lynn,

Let me guess, "The jewel of our city" Laguna Ridge or Madeira, whatever we are calling it these days?

And the good judgment of the Elk Grove City Council continues. . .

Anonymous said...

Help me understand, Connie and Lynn... The cost of laying the cables underground would have added $1M in cost. But, SMUD preferred them to be above ground for ease of maintenance in a catastrophic event, the developer preferred they install above ground due to cost AND, by the way, if we wanted them below ground, the city would have to pony up that money (of which there is currently none)? Let's see... What else can we do with that $1M? You both lambaste the council for wasting money but, now, you're both maligning them for doing something that makes sense? Come on, already. Please. Stop.

SteveB6509 said...

I haven't watched the meeting but I do agree that underground power lines should be the way to go. There is a certain quality of life that comes from not having overhead power lines if we can avoid them. This is very short-cited for the council to vote for overhead power lines.

Connie said...

Anon at 21:10

I will respond. When Laguna Ridge was master planned by the Elk Grove Planning Commission and the Elk Grove City Council, the infrastructure had to be put in place before any development went forward. They insisted that all utilities be underground as to not deter from the "beauty" of what is going to be our new downtown, our future jewel of the city.

Developers had to pay those costs, no ifs, ands, buts or objections.

Now the council has changed their minds and allowed one developer to get a pass. So do all the other developers who ponyed up those millions have a right to fee reductions to offset the difference in their costs?

And if those developers do come back saying that precedent has been now set, could it potentially cost us more money than the million dollars?

Why does one developer get a pass and not the others? I think that is a fair question since you asked us to stand down.

lynn said...

Answer regarding overhead powerlines: 1/2 the street will have underground lines because that has already been paid for and now the other 1/2 the street will have overhead. Developers are wanting to build it and sell it now....if they had to pick up the $1million most likely they would need to pass onto the homebuyer, this would increase the base home price and this is probably not good as the market slowly, slowly recovers. Also, the underground aren't as easily done now because our council reduced the park size and open space for this section of Madeira leaving the installation of underground a little more difficult...Overhead lines; strong wind storms, car accidents...this doesn't impact underground. I don't have the stats on needed underground repair vs overhead, however I think one of our council members may have been able to better address this at the meeting. For me; when our city bragged about this first master planned area and said it would be better than anything the county approved; I guess I did expect better. Now we will have a piece mealed power lined street. I am all about spending money wisely and for the long term; visually underground is better and I believe overhead power lines are a step back. Again, I didn't get a budget sheet or price list of overhead vs underground...only that SMUD pays for overhead and not underground.

Lynn said...

To the above...I do not think that I mentioned o any cost around the overhead power lines or spoke against them. I just was encouraging individuals to watch the council meeting. Of course, I do speak to fiscal responsibility and as everyone else has an opinion and I do offer solutions or alternatives. As far as the $1million you mention we all of course will hear about what the city leaders choose to spend the money on. Please stop? Really you want me to disengage from the democratic process? I am sure you do!

Anonymous said...

The one million could be used for many needs but this council would rather ease the developers pain. Plain and simple. If the developer want to build here, they need to invest here. One million is NOTHING to these multi-billion home builders. Let's have the power lines go directly above your neighborhood. Would you have purchased your home within 100 ft of these lines? Probably not. Enough said.

Anonymous said...

Much like the Story Book Park that the builder, Pulte/Del Webb promised the buyers in the Glenbrooke Community and the city allowed the builder a PASS on the origional agreement. Homeoners adjoining the park paid an extra $10,000.00 when they purchased their homes to back up to the park. Was that money refunded...have no idea. Now 6-7 years later and it is still not built out. Was placed in CSD hands and I understand RFP's went out this month so most likely will be fall before it is started...if then.

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