Sacramento Plans to Build Homes near Airport
New housing is planned for the almost 600-acre Greenbriar development located next to North Natomas. The development will be wedged in the “Y” created by the split of Interstate 5 and Highway 99, which is also near the Sacramento International Airport. The city’s guidelines for Greenbriar call for a design that includes a pedestrian-oriented style of old city neighborhoods that would target a variety of resident types, including older renters, first-time buyers, young families, and young professionals. A $1 billion light rail line, which is currently unfunded, that would connect Sacramento to the airport and run through the community is also planned if Greenbriar is constructed. City Councilwoman Angelique Ashby, who represents North Natomas, stated:
The Greenbriar project provides some solutions to our ability to provide a variety of housing options for families in our city, near the urban core and on a future light rail line.
The development will have over 2,400 houses, almost 500 rental units, about 200 rental units for lower-income seniors, and three commercial sites. Glen Rickelton, who is the airport manager for the Sacramento International Airport, claims that the airport will establish an avigation easement, attached to property titles, to protect aviation rights because the development site sits beneath the flight paths used by Sacramento International Airport. The development’s planned lakes would also have to be less attractive to birds and Greenbriar managers would have to chase birds off the site to avoid incidents with the jets flying overhead. However, the development has been controversial because opponents argue that it represents suburban sprawl development on land that serves as a habitat to species that are at risk of extinction. The city originally approved the Greenbriar development in 2008, but a de facto building moratorium imposed by the federal government on the whole Natomas Basin, due to flooding concerns, has prevented the start of the development until this year.
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