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7-year moratorium on Natomas construction ends Tuesday

A seven year moratorium on new construction in the City of Natomas officially ends Tuesday.

The city's department on community development will start accepting and issuing building permits for new Natomas homes and businesses for the first time since 2008. This comes after a revised flood map was approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Permits are expected to be approved for construction of more than a thousand new homes, with new permits for businesses expected to follow soon.

"So we can put bathrooms in our parks, we can build hotels, we can build businesses, we can add on to our schools, we can finish neighborhoods that were started with homes," Sacramento Mayor Pro Tem Angelique Ashby said.

In the next 18 months Ashby said you can expect to see a new hotel, a new elder care facility, doctors' offices and much-needed new school construction.

According to Sacramento city officials FEMA remapped the Natomas Basin area into a floodplain labeled as high-risk after a re-evaluation of area levees by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in December 2008. This required elevating or flood-proofing structures at or above the 100-year flood, which is up to 200 feet in some areas, and caused a de-facto building moratorium.

Natomas is expected to receive a new flood zone designation that allows for conditional construction, according to Sacramento officials.