Habitat conservation plan balances urban growth with open space

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The Sacramento area is known for its rich agriculture, beautiful landscapes and growing cities, but finding balance between these attributes has become a challenge. So, county and city planners, the building industry, environmental groups, ranchers, farmers, and state and federal government agencies developed a plan that supports community growth while conserving agricultural lands and open spaces.

The South Sacramento County Habitat Conservation Plan is 317,000 acres in size – about 10 times the size of the city of San Francisco. Stretching from Rancho Cordova to Galt, this plan recognizes key areas where housing and business development have been planned by local jurisdictions to capitalize on existing infrastructure, such as roads and powerlines. It also contains criteria for lands that should be considered to create a 36,000-acre, interconnected preserve system through which wildlife can trave

“The HCP serves an important purpose of focusing development in the planned urban development area and preserving the open space we’ve all come to enjoy,” said Kim Hudson, executive director of the South Sacramento Conservation Agency Credit: Jake Sisco/USFWS

“The HCP serves an important purpose of focusing development in the planned urban development area and preserving the open space we’ve all come to enjoy,” said Kim Hudson, executive director of the South Sacramento Conservation Agency, the local agency charged with implementing the plan.

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