In her presentation Stafford noted that Elk Grove is still managed as though it is a 20,000 person community even though it has over 170,000 residents.
"When you grow from 20,000 to 90,000, to 175,000 here in 2017, you are going to need to have more vision," she said.
Stafford went on to say that before Elk Grove expands, it should address several issues for existing residents. Among some of the needs mentioned were a vibrant arts and culture scene, better shopping and dining options, and the development of some defined city center.
"We need strategic, courageous visionary leaders to make sure that our quality of life does not suffer," Stafford noted. "Its time we start growing up instead of growing out."