February 26, 2021: The Sacramento region is home to
some of the most productive farmland in the world. About 40
percent of the six-county SACOG region is farmland, and it
supports approximately $2 billion worth of
agriculture. From almonds to rice to peaches, the
Sacramento region is the cradle of some of California’s most
valuable crops. Yet the region also faces an
extreme housing shortage. The SACOG
region needs to build more than twice as much
housing as it has averaged since 2009 to keep up with
population growth, let alone make up for prior shortfalls in
housing production. This leads to pressure to convert
valuable farmland to housing.
Of course, it is possible to both house more
people and preserve the backbone of the regional economy: by
implementing a more compact development pattern.
Historically in the Sacramento region, 242 acres of farmland
have been developed for every 1,000 new
residents but SACOG’s long-range transportation and
land-use plan for the region, the MTP/SCS, lays out a plan
that would see just 18 acres of farmland developed for every
1,000 new residents.