In the coming years the population of Sacramento is expected to grow by over half a million people. This means more demand for housing, public services, roads, jobs, and utilities. This is not an issue we can avoid; we must tackle it head on. Sacramento must grow smart and Sacramento must grow sustainably. Luckily, we have a plan to do so. It lays out how Sacramento can; reduce green house gas emissions and adopt clean energy; promote transit, bicycling and walking; preserve greenfields and focus on infill; and build the neighborhoods and infrastructure necessary to create a dynamic, healthy economy. The plan is called the Sacramento 2030 General Plan, it was created by the General Plan Advisory Committee, which I chaired.
As chair, I worked for four years on community outreach to develop the visions and guiding principles as well as the technical aspects. The general plan has received awards from housing, transit, and environmentalgroups for its innovative approach to planning. As a councilmember I will continue my work of smart planning and sustainable growth.
As an architect and small business owner, my company has focused on designing buildings that are sustainable, promote alternatives to car use, and preserve the character of neighborhoods. I am proud that Sacramento was recently recognized by the U.S. Metro Clean Tech Index as a clean tech hub, because, among other great reasons, Sacramento’s “stock of energy efficient buildings.”