Description of the City of Sacramento 2040 General Plan Virtual Community Workshop on the City’s General Plan Update and Climate Action Plan.
Sacramentans have until June 5th to provide input and voice their opinions to the City of Sacramento on updates to the City’s 2040 General Plan Update and Climate Action Plan.
Why is this important? The 2040 General Plan is the blueprint for where and how Sacramento will grow over the next 20 years. The Climate Action Plan will provide the City’s game plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions on a community-wide basis.
It’s been almost ten years since the last major update of the City’s General Plan, and long-time residents are well aware of the significant changes to the City during that time – both for better and worse. And, more changes are coming! According to the City website “…Sacramento is the fastest growing big city in California in terms of population”.
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Growth presents both opportunities and challenges. This is why the City Council on November 12, 2019 adopted the General Plan Update Vision and Guiding Principles.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, input from the community is being sought via a virtual community workshop. Hopefully, given that the stay-at-home order is still in effect, even more Sacramentans will participate in this important endeavor than would attend in-person workshops.
Virtual Community Workshop
The 2040 General Plan Community Workshop presents Sacramentans with a variety of strategies addressing six topics:
- Sustainable Growth
- Climate Change
- Environmental Justice
- Economic Development
Each of the six topics is introduced by a short video that introduces the subject. You are then asked to respond with the degree (or not) of support for the strategies presented to accomplish the end goal.
The introduction video is on average around -/+ 5 minutes, and it takes only a few clicks to make your opinion known as to what strategies you support (or not) and to what degree.
Respondents are also asked to add any additional comments on the topic they may have. At the end of each topic you are asked to identify your zip code.
I found the workshop strategies presented both interesting and informative. Interested in learning what areas the City is thinking of annexing, and why? Or, what major City corridors are being targeted for multi-use development?
Climate Action Plan
When it comes to the Climate Action Plan, it will come as no surprise that planting trees are part of the mix. Sacramento is, after all, The City of Trees! Those areas that do not currently enjoy the canopy of large trees will be prioritized for tree planting.
One thought that occurred to me on this subject was the cost of maintaining City-planted trees. I have two large trees on my property, and it is expensive to keep them properly trimmed for both tree health and safety reasons.
See related blog post: Sacramento – City of Trees
Another goal is the electrification of the City to reduce greenhouse gases. This includes reducing and/or eliminating use of natural gas. Where do you stand on requiring permit applicants of older homes to replace major gas appliances like stoves or water heaters in order to secure a needed permit? As the owner of a home built in 1926 I personally had to stop and give this one some thought!
The COVID-19 induced recession is another consideration. All of the General Plan Update and Climate Action Plan strategies are going to cost $$$$. On the other hand, I am pleased that the City of Sacramento has high aspirations. The guiding vision of the 2035 General Plan was/is that Sacramento will be the most livable city in America. I like that!
Comments on the 2040 General Plan Community Workshop?
Did you participate in the 2040 General Plan Virtual Community Workshop? What would you add?
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