The city of Sacramento is drafting a General Plan, including the Housing Element, to take effect in 2022. This plan proposes major changes affecting neighborhoods in Sacramento including:
1) ending single family zoning and neighborhoods by allowing up to six units on all single family lots,
2) eliminating residential and commercial requirements that off-street parking be provided for residents, customers, and clients;
3) replacing gas heating, cooling, cooking etc. with electric in all buildings, starting with new and then including new and existing, and
4) reducing lanes and available parking on certain major streets.
Many Sacramentans are not aware of these changes or their implication for existing neighborhoods. This forum will summarize the City’s proposals and rationale and then offer a careful look at the implications of these proposed changes. It will also include a review of legislative proposals to eliminate single family zoning statewide.
Parts of the proposal plan have become increasingly controversial as residents become aware of the major changes to neighborhoods called for in the plan. The city advocates say that ending single family zoning will create affordable housing and right the wrongs of past racial discrimination. Opponents say the city provides no evidence for these claims, citing examples where upzoning has resulted in higher cost housing and more racial segregation and raising other concerns.
Chris Jones is a resident of Colonial Heights in Sacramento since 2016, where he participates in several community organizations including the Colonial Heights Neighborhood Association, and Hope for Sacramento, a homelessness advocacy group. Chris currently holds a BS in Information Technology and an MB. He works as a Project Manager in the Healthcare/IT field.
Maggie Coulter is with Save Sacramento Neighborhoods. She is president of the Elmhurst Neighborhood Association; has worked as a land use planner and in affordable housing for the CA Dept. of Housing and Community Development. She is a long/time Sacramento resident and peace, justice, and environmental activist.
Emily Gabel-Luddy served for nearly 10 years on Burbank City Council, twice as Mayor, focusing on affordable housing issues. She has broad experience in planning as a zoning administrator, and urban designer during her 30 year career as a public servant. She volunteers as a legislative analyst for Livable California.
Isaiah Madison is an urban planner and community organizer in South Los Angeles. He chairs his local Neighborhood Council planning committee, educating on pending legislation and development proposals. He serves on the Board of Livable California.
For more information email: No2Rezone@gmail.com
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