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Sacramento Local Agency Formation Commission denies Elk Grove’s application to expand

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Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2013 12:00 am

The Sacramento Local Agency Formation Commission has denied the city of Elk Grove’s application to expand its sphere of influence by more than 7,800 acres toward Galt.

The request, an addendum to a 2003 plan and in discussion since 2007, was of an obvious importance for the City of Galt — especially since its new economic development document, approved last month, notes that the city’s sphere of influence is too small. A sphere of influence is a document that is used by cities to determine its long-term planning influence and future growth.

Vice Mayor Mike Singleton, who sits on the Sacramento LAFCO, said the majority of commissioners felt Elk Grove has sufficient area to grow within its current city limits.

Following a 5 1/2 hour discussion last week, the commission voted 5-2 to deny Elk Grove’s request. Commissioners Jimmy Yee and Susan Peters cast the dissenting votes.

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