More than 1,000 acres near Natomas moving closer to development

The annexation of 589.3 acres to a corner of northeastern Sacramento is on track to happen by year’s end, said a developer of the property.

John Hodgson of The Hodgson Co. said a Sacramento County Local Agency Formation Commission vote on annexing what’s called “the panhandle” is in line for that timeframe.

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More than 500 ares would be annexed to the northeast corner of Natomas for new development, under an application with the city of Sacramento.

“I think we’ve worked out most of the issues with the neighbors,” Hodgson said Tuesday.

And last week, the city’s planning commission had generally favorable comments on the proposal, although formal votes by the commission and Sacramento City Council are still to come.

The panhandle consists of mostly open space bordered by Del Paso Boulevard on the south, Sorento Road and East Levee Road on the east and Natomas’s Regency Park neighborhood on the west. Hodgson said a draft environmental impact report for the annexation is scheduled to be out within a few weeks. With the standard comment period, a formal vote would come before the planning commission by summer’s end.

After the annexation happens, Hodgson said, the next step would likely be for homebuilders to acquire some of the land. However, construction activity wouldn’t be likely until 2019, he added.

Current panhandle property owners are unlikely to pursue development themselves, Hodgson said. For the most part, the current owners are families who’ve owned the land for decades. There are no current plans for development of the northern portion of the property even if it is annexed. The remainder would be entitled for up to 1,600 homes.

Another development proposal on the city’s northern flank was endorsed by the city planning commission at the same meeting that it heard details of the panhandle annexation. Commissioners unanimously voted for a recommendation to approve Greenbriar, a 577-acre property.

The city council will have final say on Greenbriar, which was proposed in 2011 for the land between Metro Air Park and Highway 99, north of Interstate 5. The entitlement request calls for nearly 3,000 homes on that property, most of them single-family, and three commercial sites along with public infrastructure and parks and open space.

Sacramento LAFCO annexed that land to the city in 2008.

A representative for Greenbriar from Bay Area firm Integral Communities did not immediately return a call Tuesday seeking more information on timing for the Greenbriar project.

Article and image provided by: Sacramento Business Journal
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