SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Mayor Kevin Johnson received FEMA's finals designation letter letting the city move forward with construction in Natomas Tuesday evening.
Those who live and love the area like Leo Pantoja with KB Home said while the wait was hard, they're just concentrating on what's next.
"We've been on hold for quite a few years," he said. "It's been a long time coming."
In 2008, the building moratorium in Natomas went into effect after the federal government found the area did not meet enhanced flood protection requirements.
Pantoja said he's just grateful all that is behind the area.
"It's a very convenient location, good neighborhoods, amenities, schools, I think it's going to be great," he said.
And so do city leaders who were busy taking applications like the one from KB homes all day. They're calling it a relief.