Railyard environmental public review process underway

11:25 PM, Oct 12, 2011   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - Public input into the Sacramento railyards development process kicked off Wednesday night at Sacramento city hall.

The meeting is the first of several that will encourage the public to share concerns and suggestions as the project planning moves forward.

"It's really an opportunity for the public to make us aware of anything we might not have identified early on in the process and then those issues will be analyzed as part of the environmental impact report," City of Sacramento Infill Coordinator Desmond Parrington said.

The review process will examine issues ranging from the availability of public parking to traffic congestion.  The city will even review the historic preservation of assets, which includes the old Southern Pacific Railroad shops that were a fixture of life and work in Sacramento for over 100 years.

The report will also consider water table concerns in case the proposed new arena in the railyards is lowered partly below ground.

To find out how you can be a part of the environmental review process, log on to the City of Sacramento website at www.cityofsacramento.org and check out the "hot topics" area.

The City plans to create a new section devoted entirely to the railyards development plan in the next couple of weeks.

By Dave Marquis, dmarquis@news10.net

News10/KXTV

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