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Recession Causes County to Change Growth Plan

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, March 3, 2011
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 expectations.
"So we needed to step back and take a time out," Szalay said.    
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 thousand. 
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 said. 
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. 


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