SMART PLANNING

Cordova Hills meets and exceeds General Plan criteria for sustainable land use.

About Cordova HillsProject History

Planning for the future growth of the Sacramento Region is critical to sustain the high quality of life residents in the area currently enjoy.  Indeed, this is one reason why Sacramento County approved the Cordova Hills plan, and why the neighboring City of Rancho Cordova has included the Cordova Hills area in its own General Plan.  The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) estimates that our Region will add 1.7 million people in the next few decades.  Smart planning and sustainable land use strategies will determine how best this growth occurs.

Cordova Hills was the first major land use plan to meet the County’s strict, new sustainable criteria as contained in the 2011 General Plan update.  These criteria were supported by many local regional government and environmental groups.  Cordova Hills not only met those criteria, but exceeded them.

Starting in the Early 90s

In 1993, Sacramento County Supervisors established a long term vision for the urbanized limits within the County. The Urban Services Boundary (USB) provided the mechanism to assure that the long range growth of our Region is promoted (and major services are provided) closer to the urban centers. In this manner the County could protect its agricultural heritage outside of this urbanized area, while assuring the efficient end comparatively economical provision of major infrastructure. Longer range commutes for daily work could also be contained by reducing the urban “footprint”. Cordova Hills lies within this long-established USB.

Fifteen Years Later

In 2006, the City of Rancho Cordova adopted its first General Plan. The City’s Plan includes the area of Cordova Hills within its “East Plan Area” and identified this area as a future growth area.  

Rancho Cordova has the region’s second-largest job base in the Region. The State Employment Development Department estimates that about 140,000 people work for nearly 7,000 employers within one mile of the highway 50 corridor through Rancho Cordova. Nearly 50,000 of those employees are forced to commute as a result of the lack of housing in the area. Cordova Hills is located within a few miles of this robust job center and will help improve the current jobs/housing imbalance that currently exists in the area.

In 2008, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors voted to accept the Cordova Hills application and to begin a collaborative process of planning the area.