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Old Posted Jan 30, 2008, 4:14 AM
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Council OK's Greenbriar development in Natomas
By Mary Lynne Vellinga - mlvellinga@sacbee.com
Published 6:57 pm PST Tuesday, January 29, 2008



The Sacramento City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to annex and rezone 577 acres of North Natomas farmland just outside the city limits and allow construction of 3,500 houses and apartments.

Council members took an initial "intent" vote in favor of the Greenbriar development last week, but Tuesday's vote was the final action. Mayor Heather Fargo, absent last week, joined her colleagues in supporting the plan.

Building is unlikely to begin before 2010, however, because the federal government has announced it intends to designate North Natomas a flood hazard zone, essentially halting construction.

The Sacramento Area Flood Protection Agency expects to complete sufficient levee improvements by 2010 to ensure the minimum level of 100-year flood protection required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which would allow growth in the Natomas basin to resume.
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