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Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013 12:00 am

Elk Grove is seeking approval to move its sphere of influence boundary south toward Galt, and at least one Galt City Council member is concerned.

The area within a sphere of influence is typically where a city expects to grow and add services within the next 20 years. Any boundary changes must be approved by the Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCo.

Elk Grove submitted plans to the Sacramento group last year to add roughly 7,800 acres south-southwest of current city limits to its sphere of influence. To annex the property into its city limits for development, the city must file another request with LAFCo.

Galt Councilman Mike Singleton, who is also the vice chairman of the LAFCo board, said it is advantageous for local residents concerned with Elk Grove's move south to provide input on the proposal.

The area — which includes both sides of Highway 99 and all the way west to Interstate 5 — is primarily used for agricultue, including fallow land, row crops, nurseries, orchards, vineyards and dairy, poultry and livestock operations. There are few structures, and those are limited to barns, rural housing, storage sheds, and related structures, according to the public document.

More specifically, the proposed sphere of influence is described as the areas south of Bilby, Kammerer and Grant Line roads, extending south to Eschinger Road and the edge of the 100-year floodplain boundary of the Cosumnes River; east toward the Cosumnes River and just past Freeman Road; and west toward Interstate 5 and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks.

Singleton has concerns about fire protection, as the Cosumnes Community Services District Fire Department recently approved brown-outs of fire stations located in Elk Grove to save money.

Public comment on the proposal's latest environmental documents will be received by LAFCo through May 21. You can email don.lockhart@saclafco.org.

For more information, visit www.saclafco.org and click on the Elk Grove project.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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