No to Cordova Hills

“Previous sprawl has sent Fresno to the edge of bankruptcy.” – Keith Bergthold , City of Fresno Planning and Development, at the Partnering with K-12 Education in Building Healthy, Sustainable & Competitive Regions, 2012-12-06

The Cordova Hills development is on the agenda for the Sacramento Board of Supervisors on this Wednesday, December 12. The meeting starts at 2:30 pm in the county board chambers at 700 H St in Sacramento.

I hope that a many people will attend and protest this development. This is sprawl of the worst kind. Not only is it beyond all developed areas, it is even beyond the county’s generous growth boundary. With no significant employment opportunities within or near the development, people would be commuting long distances to work in Sacramento, Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, Folsom, and Roseville. More vehicle miles, more air pollution, more climate change, more taxes required to maintain infrastructure. Less community cohesiveness, less time, less open space.

The transportation page of the Cordova Hills website say “Residents will benefit from the creation of a significant community transit system looping internally through Cordova Hills and connecting offsite to the Hwy 50 regional employment center and Mather regional light rail station,” with 15 minutes headways during peak times. This is a preposterous claim. Only the most used transit routes in Sacramento County offer this frequency of service, with others being 30 or 60 minutes. The Rancho CordoVan service is similar, but is provides services on a short route during limited hours, and it is heavily subsidized by the city. So people who work a regular schedule might be able to get to work, but families could not get to cultural, educational, and retail opportunities in the region. The reason Sacramento Regional Transit has such a difficult time providing a high level of service in the region is that it has to attempt to serve sprawling suburbs. Of course that doesn’t bother developers, who know the taxpayers will be on the hook for expanding the public transit system in a futile attempt to serve far flung users.

The Sacramento Bee, which has pretty much never met a development it didn’t like, is against this project. Listed below are articles, letters and editorials from the Bee over the last year.

This project is also closely tied to the Capital Southeast Connector. Cordova Hills is exactly the sort of induced sprawl that people were concerned about when the connector was approved. If Cordova Hills is approved, I believe a long line of other projects will come for their turn at the trough of public money. The result will be a more sprawling, poorer, and less livable Sacramento. See the two maps at the bottom from the SacBee, which show the relationship of Cordova Hills to the connector, and how the project is outside the growth boundary.

Cordova Hills Development

Added links

Capital Southeast Connector

map of Cordova Hills location, from SacBee
map of Cordova Hills location, from SacBee
Capital Southeast Connector, from SacBee
Capital Southeast Connector, from SacBee

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