City Could Freeze, Extend Building Permits

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Two ordinances approved Tuesday by a city council committee would keep property owners from having to start the long development process all over again.
Councilwoman Lauren Hammond says the measures will give the city a leg up on development when growth conditions improve.
Hammond: “We’re still gonna get our fees and regulations.  We’re simply leaving things in place until – in Natomas – we are back to 100-year flood protection, and for the rest of the city, hopefully for the better economy.” 
The first ordinance grants a three-year extension to all active building permits and applications.
A second, similar measure would essentially freeze all Natomas permits and applications until the federal government lifts its growth restrictions in the flood zone.
Both proposals still need the approval of the full city council.