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Multi-Sport Complex Site and Southeast Grant Line Industrial Annexation Area

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In 2014, the City acquired an approximately 100-acre property along the south side of Grant Line Road near Waterman Road for the possible development of a multi-sport park complex and accompanying soccer stadium, along with potential location for the County Fair.  After further review, the project was adjusted to focus solely on a complex for long-field sports (e.g., soccer, rugby, lacrosse), including training and tournament play. Initial planning for the Multi-Sport Complex design began in 2015.  As of 2020, the City has not approved the Multi-Sport Complex project and the City Council has not directed City staff to move forward with such a project due to concerns about project development and operating costs. Due to this, the City is exploring options for the site, including selling a portion to finance construction of the complex while also generating jobs, taxes, and capital investment for the City.

Given the location of the site outside of the current City limits, the City is completing the necessary steps to annex the land. The process for a city to annex land is subject to approval by the Sacramento Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCo, and involves two steps. First, the area must be included in the City’s Sphere of Influence, or SOI. Second, after the City identifies the zoning for the property, it may be annexed. In May 2019, LAFCo completed the first step of amending the City’s SOI to include the property. More information about the SOI approvals is available here

At the request of LAFCo and others, the City included other lands to the east, west, and south in the Sphere of Influence amendment (see figure above). Because of the configuration of these lands, their proximity to State Route 99 and the east-side railroad tracks, and other nearby uses, the City is focusing on the development of an industrial park in this area, which could include recreational amenities such as a multi-port complex if funds for such a project were available and the City Council directed staff to construct, own, and operate such a facility. 

The City is working on completing the elements necessary to annex the majority of the SOI into the City. This includes the following, which are described in more detail below. 

  • Identifying proposed General Plan and zoning for the area
  • Completing infrastructure analysis for serving the area
  • Preparing a Plan for Service
  • Completing the necessary environmental reviews under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)  

General Plan and Zoning 

The Multi-Sport Complex as a land use may be developed in several zoning districts, including Parks and Open Space and Industrial. Due to the cost of constructing this facility, the City is exploring selling a portion of the site. Therefore, the City is studying zoning the City property as Light Industrial. Other lands to the west would be zoned Light and Heavy Industrial and Regional Commercial. 

Infrastructure Analysis 

The City is completing studies for water, sewer, drainage, and transportation infrastructure to serve the area. These documents will be available for review soon. 

Plan for Service 

The Plan for Service will be prepared in fall 2020 and will document the infrastructure and other public services provided to the annexation area

Environmental Review 

Approval of the Sphere of Influence in 2019 required the preparation of a Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Because of the planned zoning and additional details available in the infrastructure analysis, a Supplemental EIR is required.

There are four general stages to the CEQA process and the Supplemental EIR: 

  1. Notice of Preparation and Scoping - Under this stage, the City provides notice (through a Notice of Preparation) that a Supplemental EIR will be prepared. This provides other local and State agencies, as well as the public, with an opportunity to comment on the scope of the EIR.
  2. Draft SEIR - The City will prepare and release for public comment, a draft Supplemental EIR. The EIR will be available on this page for review and comment.
  3. Final SEIR - The City will review comments received on the draft Supplemental EIR and prepare responses to comments, along with technical corrections to the draft Supplemental EIR. This will be documented in a Final EIR.
  4. Certification - Once the Final Supplemental EIR is prepared, the document will be presented to the Planning Commission and City Council for review. The City Council will be asked to certify the document. Once certification is completed the City Council may approve the General Plan amendment, prezoning, and initiate the annexation application with LAFCo. 

The Supplemental EIR is currently at Step 1, Notice of Preparation and Scoping. A Notice of Preparation (NOP) has been prepared and is available for review on this website.

CEQA provides for the City to facilitate one or more Scoping Meetings, which provide opportunity for determining the scope and content of the EIR. Traditionally, the City hosts one Scoping Meeting for the public during the NOP comment period. In accordance with State and local health orders limiting in-person public meetings, the City is providing an alternative method for the Scoping Meeting. A video presentation by staff, introducing the Project and outlining the CEQA process, is available below.

The comment period for the NOP is from July 20, 2020 to August 19, 2020. Comments may be mailed or emailed to the address below. You may also provide your comments on this website using the form here.

Send comments to:
City of Elk Grove
Office of Strategic Planning and Innovation
c/o Christopher Jordan
8401 Laguna Palms Way
Elk Grove, CA 95758 



For more information on the Multi-Sports Park Complex and the Southeast Grant Line Industrial Annexation Area, contact:

Christopher Jordan , AICP
Phone: (916) 478-2222

Media Contacts:
Kristyn Laurence
City of Elk Grove
Phone: (916) 478-2206

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