Back To Our Roots: Curbing Sprawl and Preserving Open Space and Agricultural Lands To Ensure Orderly Growth And Development General Session

By 2050, California’s population will reach 50 million. In the age of climate change, the question is how best to accommodate this growth in a sustainable manner while preserving our precious farmlands and open space and enhancing our quality of life. As agencies charged with curbing urban sprawl, preserving open space and agricultural lands, and promoting the efficient delivery of services, LAFCos can play a major role in addressing this question. Learn about urban planning and agricultural preservation trends/practices and the analysis and consideration used by one LAFCo to evaluate a controversial city expansion proposal.
Speakers:  Neelima Palacherla, Executive Officer, Santa Clara LAFCo; Serena Unger, Sr. Planner/Policy Assoc., American Farmland Trust; Susan Vicklund Wilson, Commissioner, Santa Clara LAFCo; Randall Winston, Executive Director, CA Strategic Growth Council. Moderator:  Sblend Sblendorio, Alameda LAFCo