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Sacramento Approves Annexation Proposal That Would Create An Urban ‘Doughnut’

A proposal by a group of Sacramento County property owners to have the city of Sacramento annex an area known as the "panhandle" has been approved by the Sacramento City Council.

The panhandle is 700 acres of Sacramento County land between the city's Natomas Park and Sorento Road. If a land commission approves, the annexation would also create a “doughnut” around a commercially-zoned portion of Sacramento County, leaving part of the county completely surrounded by city land.

Garrett Norman, an associate planner with the city, says there have been several annexation attempts in the past that failed for a variety of reasons.

"This area has been within the city's sphere of influence since the late 1990s and has been contemplated for growth for the last 20 years,” Norman said. “So, it's always kind of been anticipated to become part of the city and has had several iterations of plans for development on the site."

The latest push for annexation comes from a group of six property owners who plan to sell to a developer or developers who would build 1,600 homes.

The area south of the 700 acres extends from Del Paso Road to Interstate 80. It is already a commercially-developed area and would remain under Sacramento County control if the annexation goes through.

The city and county have yet to finalize a tax-revenue sharing agreement.

The plan is expected to go to the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) for consideration in September.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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