Thursday, November 27, 2014


The City of Rancho Cordova posted a Facebook announcement for their next City Council meeting on Monday, December 1, 2014 and provided a link for the agenda.

I followed the link and discovered in reading the agenda for their SPECIAL MEETING (a CLOSED session held prior to the REGULAR meeting) included this item:


3.1 Subject: Upcoming Zoning Code Amendments – Process and Schedule Overview.

Recommendation: Consider the project information and provide direction relative to public outreach as appropriate.

Result of Recommended Action: Staff is in the process of preparing various amendments to the Zoning Code that will clarify and enhance the standards and procedures within the Zoning Code, consistent with the scope of work presented herein. This discussion will provide Council direction on the appropriate level of public outreach and Council Study Sessions to be conducted within this update process. Council. The Zoning Code Amendments are anticipated to be presented for Council action in Spring 2015.

Staff Report: Jessica Jordan, Principal Planner.

Advances Goals: 1, 2, 6.

There were TWO links to .pdf documents providing additional information for this SPECIAL MEETING ITEM, and they are:

This one includes:

"There are three major policy areas within the Zoning Code update that would benefit from public input and staff is requesting Council direction of the best approach and level of involvement for these topic areas. These topics include:

· Regulation of gun-related uses (zones where gun related uses should be allowed, indoor versus outdoor ranges, retail sales of guns and ammunition)

· Brewery, winery, distillery, brew pub (clarify and streamline review process, distinguish between tasting rooms and bars/nightclubs)

· Mixed Use Zoning (primary focus on how and when residential should be allowed in office and commercial mixed use zones)"


Please, please, please write letters and/or e-mails to the Rancho Cordova City Council and ASK them to include in their Zoning Codes amendments that ANY indoor or outdoor shooting range, and/or retail gun store, should be PROHIBITED from opening within 1,000 FEET of any school.

In addition, that neighborhoods, specifically like the neighborhood of Routier RD between Old Placerville Rd and Folsom Blvd, should be re-evaluated on their zoning code status as OIMU (Office Industrial Mixed Use), which is a carry-over from the Sacramento County Zoning Codes that the City of Rancho Cordova adopted when they incorporated as a City in 2003, and have NOT been updated to reflect the true character/nature of what the neighborhood exists as NOW.

Here is the list of Rancho Cordova City Council members AND their e-mail addresses:

- Mayor Dan Skoglund - e-mail:

- Vice Mayor Robert McGarvey - e-mail:

- City Council Member Donald Terry - e-mail to:

- City Council Member Linda Budge - e-mail to:

- City Council Member David Sander - e-mail to:

I would also include:

- City Manager Brian Nakamura - e-mail:

- Planning Director Paul Junker - e-mail:

The snail mail address for the City of Rancho Cordova is:

2729 Prospect Park Drive Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

The phone number for the City of Rancho Cordova is: 916-851-8700

The second link provides the long range planning for this process, which includes a Pubic Review scheduled for March 2015.

I'm thinking START our letters now to the City of Rancho Cordova - let them know the strength of OUR interest and our resolve.

Thank YOU so much. We'll update and/or provide additional information as it becomes available.

Friday, November 14, 2014

SACRAMENTO KCRA NEWS: Owner claims she is being targeted by city of Rancho Cordova

Source: KCRA [Follow link for complete article.]


Owner claims she is being targeted by city of Rancho Cordova

City places moratorium on alcohol-serving businesses next to strip club

By Claire Doan Published 11:04 PM PST Nov 13, 2014

[Please follow link for complete article. I'm posting the pertinent paragraphs here.]

"... "When we welcome new businesses to Rancho Cordova, our goal is to be business friendly, but to also continue to protect the local community and our residents," said Ashley Downton, the communications specialist for Rancho Cordova.

However, the controversial Sacramento Gun Club that is slated to open soon in the city, did not trigger such a moratorium.

"At the City Council meetings in which we had public hearings, we did not have a large turnout in relation to the (restaurant)," Downton said.

KCRA 3 asked why the gun club did not trigger any motion by the City Council.

"That would actually be a legal question for the city attorney’s office," Downton said...

Source: KCRA [Follow link for complete article.]

Or click here for a video of the interview.