By Charlea Moore
RLE Visions Task Force oversaw the completion of the Special Planning Area for downtown Rio Linda on November 17th at the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors.
The SPA was adopted by the County on a 5-0-0 vote of the Supervisors. This project has been nine long years in the works overcoming the lack of funding and the recession to finally be adopted.
Thanks to our Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan, the long suffering Leighann Moffitt and Trisha Stevens from the Planning Dept. and the help and support from Lori Moss, Director of Community Development plus Keri Blaskowski, Mike Huiras, Visions Chair and many others who have never given up on the SPA, it is now a reality.
The SPA will allow more flexibility in the codes for new businesses and for the upgrading of existing businesses. Although some uses will not be allowed in the SPA such as small recycling centers next to retail, any existing businesses are ‘grandfathered’ in and can remain. The existing uses can continue until such time as the property is no longer used for that purpose for at least a 90 day period. After the 90 period the property will become subject to the SPA codes that were adopted.
A benefit of having the SPA is that there may be grant funds available through state and federal programs to help revitalize the Downtown Rio Linda Business District. RLE Visions Task Force was formed in the fall of 2006 as a volunteer group and was loosely based on the North Highlands Visions Task Force. Since that time the RLE Visions has established themselves as a community group interested in finding ways to help Rio Linda Elverta achieve whatever goals and projects that the community would like to see implemented.
The RLE Visions Task Force meets on the second Monday every month in the Community Room at Fire Station 111, 6609 Rio Linda Blvd. at 7 p.m.