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Sacramento City Council approves 3,000-home Greenbriar development near airport

The 600-acre Greenbriar development proposed on farmland near Sacramento International Airport received city approval and home construction could begin next year.

The Sacramento City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the development agreement and other final documents for the 3,000-home project, which council members characterized as an important step toward alleviating the city’s growing housing crisis.

“It’s amazing that this is the culmination of almost 10 years,” Mayor Darrell Steinberg said.

The project is planned for the city’s northwestern edge, south of West Elkhorn Boulevard in a Y-shaped area created by the split of Interstate 5 and Highway 99.

The developer, Newport Beach-based Integral Communities, plans to build more than 2,400 houses geared toward both first-time and move-up buyers. It also will offer nearly 500 rental units, including 200 for lower-income seniors.

The city gave initial approval to Greenbriar in 2008. But the project was stalled by a building moratorium imposed by the federal government on the entire Natomas Basin due to flooding concerns, as well as the recession and collapse of Sacramento’s new-home market.

City guidelines call for Greenbriar to be designed as a pedestrian-oriented community in the style of the city’s older neighborhoods such as Land Park and Curtis Park. A proposed light-rail line connecting Sacramento with the airport would, if built, run through the planned development.

Drew Kusnick, a representative of Integral Communities, said 94 percent of Greenbriar’s homes would be within a half-mile of the light-rail station.

City officials said the project will provide funding toward construction of light-rail’s Green Line to the airport. Councilwoman Angelique Ashby, who represents the North Natomas area, noted that the project reserves a corridor for light rail. What’s been lacking in moving the light-rail extension forward, she said, is “rooftops.”

Ashby said Greenbriar is the largest housing project the city is likely to see in the near term.

The project will feature three commercial sites, including retail around the planned light-rail station.

To read the full Sac Bee article, please click here.

Project Update – August 2016

The Green Line to the Airport project team continues progress with the technical analysis for the Draft Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Impact Study (EIR/EIS). These studies will continue through 2016 and 2017.

Beginning next week on Monday, August 15, the project team will be conducting noise and vibration testing at 25 locations along the proposed route for about one week. These measurements will be used to compare existing noise and vibration conditions along the corridor against levels during construction and operation of the new light rail line.

The noise and vibration testing will occur at various locations along the proposed route and near the proposed maintenance facility on Academy Way. The equipment will be installed at each location for no more than 24 hours collecting important noise and vibration data. The equipment will not impact traffic or public access along the corridor. You may see monitoring equipment near trees, fences, and utility structures or may receive a knock on the door notifying you of upcoming testing near your property. The testing equipment will be labeled with a Green Line Project tag and contact information if you have any questions.

What’s Next?

Over the next few months, the project team will:

  • Continue to meet with state and federal agencies regarding sensitive biological resources, the American River crossing, flood hazards, and cultural resources
  • Prepare ridership forecasts, including estimates of the passengers that may be riding the Green Line to exciting new venues along the corridor such as the Golden 1 Center, the Major League Soccer Stadium, and the Kaiser regional medical facility
  • Develop visual simulations to illustrate how the future Green Line will look

For more information about the Green Line to the Airport project, visit the project website at

Uniting Sacramento with the world

California’s capital is looking to build a light rail line to its international airport.  But this may take a while, reports David Lustig. 

Planning and building a new light rail line, even with the tacit backing of the majority of citizens, can still involve a complicated and lengthy process to bring it to completion.  That is exactly the situation Sacramento Regional Transit District is facing with its proposed Green Line from the city centre to the airport, 21 km to the northwest.

Read the full article at Metro Report – Uniting Sacramento with the World – March 2016.

Green Line to the Airport Community Scoping Meetings Summary

In December of 2015, the Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) hosted a series of scoping meetings to initiate the formal environmental process for the joint Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for the Green Line to the Airport Extension Project.  A total of 247 community members attended the three community scoping meetings held in North Natomas, Downtown Sacramento, and South Natomas.

As part of the environmental review process pursuant to federal and state requirements to engage affected community stakeholders and public agencies early, the purpose of the scoping meetings was to solicit community and public agency input on the issues, impacts, mitigation measures, and alternatives that should be considered in the environmental analysis. Community members were notified about the meetings through a postcard mailed to addresses 500 feet from the proposed alignment, newspaper notices, articles and media coverage, social media posts, flyers and posters at key destinations along the corridor and on RT trains and buses, and email notifications.

The project team received a total of 163 comments from community members who attended the meetings or submitted comments electronically during the scoping period.  Public agencies were notified through a Notice of Preparation submitted to the State Office of Planning and Research, State Clearinghouse and Planning Unit, and publication of a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register, both on November 18, 2015. A total of eight state and federal public agencies offered comments. Feedback received will be evaluated by the project team and will help inform the environmental documents.


Green Line to the Airport Community Open House Scoping Meetings

Regional Transit hosted a series of community open house scoping meetings for the Green Line to the Airport project on December 1 – 3 in North Natomas, Downtown Sacramento, and South Natomas.  To learn more about the project and view the materials presented, please click the links below.  Check back here for a summary of the meetings and the feedback received.

Questions? Contact for more information.

Regional Transit Considers Expanding Green Line to Airport

NATOMAS — Riding Regional Transit’s rails is fact of life for many around Sacramento.

“Oh, every day. I use it for work … so,” said Madison Hoang.

The system logs 13.5 million passenger trips a year, and Lynn Linzi thought for sure some of her own rides would be among that number long before now.

“When we moved here in 2001, they made it sound like it was coming in three to four years, and we’re still waiting,” she said.

At a Tuesday night project open house, Linzi liked the look she got at the expansion plans she’s been waiting on.

To view the news clip on Fox 40, click here.

RT to Hold Community Fourms on Green Line, Airport Light Rail Extension Project

SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) will host three community open house meetings to share information and receive feedback regarding the Green Line to the Airport light rail extension project. As part of the environmental planning process, the community is invited to share ideas on considerations to be addressed in the draft environmental studies.

To read the full article in the Sac Observer, click here.

Light-rail extension to airport to be aired at community meetings this week

The Sacramento Regional Transit District will hold three community meetings this week to discuss extension of light rail’s Green Line to Sacramento International Airport.

As part of the environmental planning process, the community is invited to share ideas about what ought to be addressed in the draft environmental studies.

The project will extend light rail approximately 13 miles from the 7th & Richards/Township 9 station to the airport. The route is close to several planned high-density, mixed-use neighborhoods as well as regional employment and entertainment destinations in downtown Sacramento and the Natomas area, according to an RT news release.

To read the full article in the Sac Bee, please click here.

Upcoming Scoping Meetings

Join the project team and RT for upcoming scoping meetings in your area in December to kick off the environmental process for the Green Line to the Airport project.

North Natomas

Tuesday, December 1
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Natomas Park Elementary School
4700 Crest Drive, Sacramento

Downtown Sacramento

Wednesday, December 2
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Downtown Sacramento Public Library
828 I Street, Sacramento

South Natomas

Thursday, December 3
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
South Natomas Community Center
2921 Truxel Road, Sacramento