Last October the county's updated general plan was in the
middle of public hearings when Interim County Executive Steve
Szalay realized all the recommendations were based on pre-recession
"So we needed to step back and take a time out," Szalay
Szalay says the old plan projected about a quarter million
people moving to the Sacramento area over the next 20 years.
Following the recession, that number dropped to about a hundred
Also, new environmental laws like AB-32 require the county to
grow in a more environmentally focused way.
"It's about building communities that are more pedestrian
oriented and bicycle oriented and public transit oriented," Szalay
Szalay says the revised plan focuses on eliminating sprawl and
filling in already developed areas.
The County Board of Supervisors will be considering the
revised general plan next week.