Community Meeting Announced for South Sac Habitat Conservation Plan

Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG)  |  Source: City of Rancho Cordova
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A community meeting will be held in the City of Rancho Cordova to provide information about and gather feedback on the draft South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan (SSHCP).

The SSHCP will streamline permitting processes for future development and infrastructure projects in much of south Sacramento County, including the area of Rancho Cordova south of Highway 50, while protecting habitat, open space and agriculture lands. The draft SSHCP and accompanying Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report and Aquatic Resources Program can be reviewed by visiting www.southsachcp.com/documents.html.

The community meeting will be held on Monday, June 26 at 7 p.m. at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, in the American River Room North. A 90-day comment period for the draft plan and accompanying documents runs until September 5, 2017.

“This process included a coordinated, systematic approach in identifying and preserving sensitive habitat and has provided a great opportunity to develop a strong partnership among local entities and state and federal agencies,” said Cyrus Abhar, Rancho Cordova City Manager.

The SSHCP plan area encompasses 317,656 acres that are bordered by Highway 50 on the north, San Joaquin County on the south, El Dorado County to the east and the Sacramento River to the west, and includes Galt and the area of Rancho Cordova south of Highway 50.

Within the SSHCP plan area, 36,282 acres would become part of an interconnected preserve system, including approximately 1,000 acres of vernal pool habitat. Twenty-eight plant and wildlife species, and their natural habitats, will be conserved under the plan.

The SSHCP is led by a multi-jurisdiction partnership that includes Sacramento County, the cities of Rancho Cordova and Galt, Sacramento County Water Agency, Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, and Capital SouthEast Connector Joint Powers Authority. Learn more at www.southsachcp.com.