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Specific Plans

A Specific Plan is a comprehensive planning and zoning document for a defined geographic region of the City. It implements the General Plan by providing a special set of development standards applied to a particular geographic area. 

 Map of specific plan areas 

central city specific plan

In 2015 the Downtown Housing Initiative was launched to bring 10,000 new housing units in the next 10 years to the Central City. The Central City Specific Plan takes that initiative further, by looking at growth opportunities for the next twenty years and beyond. Formerly referred to as the “Downtown Specific Plan.” Through plan development, the City highlighted and evaluated opportunity sites ready for development. The City worked with development experts, community-based interest groups, and the community at large to achieve the best plan possible through engagement tools including stakeholder meetings, community workshops, and online engagement. The Central City Specific Plan was adopted on April 19, 2018.




Greg Sandlund, Principal Planner 
Phone:  (916) 808-8931

The 773-acre River District Area proposes adopting policy documents to support a transit-oriented mixed use urban environment that would include 8,144 dwelling units, 3.956 million square feet of office, 854,000 square feet of retail/wholesale, 1.463 million square feet light industrial, and 3,044 hotel units.  The vision for the River District is that of an eclectic mix of uses that will evolve from a primarily light-industrial, low-intensity commercial district, to that of a series of distinctive walkable neighborhoods within a district that is contiguous to the American River and serves as the northern gateway into the Central City.



Evan Compton, Principal Planner 
(916) 808-5260

Sacramento Center for Innovation (SCI) Specific Plan

The Sacramento Center for Innovation (SCI) Specific Plan covers the area bounded by California State University, Sacramento on the north, Union Pacific Railroad on the west and Power Inn Road on the east.   Formerly known as the Innovation/Technology Village, the SCI area is located to the south of Sacramento State and to the west of the Granite Regional Park development area. Currently, the area south of the existing Regional Transit light rail tracks, the Ramona Avenue area, is primarily heavy commercial, light industrial and industrial uses.  The 2030 General Plan identified the area as an Opportunity Area, changed the land use designation from Industrial to Employment Center, and recommended further land use refinement.



University Research Parks


Remi Mendoza, Associate Planner
Phone:  (916) 808-5003

Docks Area

The waterfront area, along the Sacramento River, holds tremendous potential for future development opportunities. Located along one of the major rivers that run through Sacramento, it is an area envisioned as a development project to reshape and add to Sacramento’s waterfront. The Docks area is within proximity to historic Sacramento, Raley Field Stadium that hosts the River Cats baseball team, and the world-class Crocker Arts Museum. Design Guidelines and a Specific Plan for the Docks were adopted on December 15, 2009. The adoption of the Specific Plan and companion documents represented the final stage in a planning process that included the Sacramento Riverfront Master Plan (2003) and the Docks Area Concept Plan (2005).


Sacramento Railyards

The Railyards is a collaborative planning effort between the City of Sacramento and Inland American Sacramento Holdings. The 244-acre brownfield site is located just north of Sacramento's central business district and east of the Sacramento River. Final Railyards Specific Plan

Please visit the Railyards web page for up to date information.


Richard Rich, City Project Manager
Phone:  (916) 808-2519

Stockton Boulevard Plan

The City of Sacramento’s new Neighborhood Development Action Team (NDAT) is starting a plan to revitalize Stockton Blvd and surrounding neighborhoods while benefiting existing residents and businesses. We are looking to partner with residents, business owners, landowners, and organizations as we look for ways to strengthen the corridor as a vital core for the surrounding neighborhoods and increase the local community’s ownership of housing, land, businesses, and investments. The specific plan will address the commercial properties along Stockton Blvd from Alhambra Blvd to 65th Street and will be combined with a strategic neighborhood action plan for adjacent neighborhoods.

For more information, please visit the project website and sign up for the mailing list: Stockton Boulevard Plan


Elizabeth Boyd, Senior Planner
Phone:  (916) 808-3540



The Swanston Station Transit Village Specific Plan is a long-range urban design and implementation plan that guides public and private improvements in the Swanston Station area over the next 20 years. The project area is bounded by El Camino Avenue on the north, Arden Way on the south and the Capital City Freeway (Business 80) on the east. Beaumont and Erickson Streets define the western edge of the project area. The Swanston Village Station Transit Plan utilizes land use plans, traffic/infrastructure studies, environmental analysis, urban design plans, and financing/implementation strategies to implement transit-oriented development around the Swanston Light Rail station in the City’s North Sacramento Community Plan Area. Additionally, the Swanston Station Transit Village Plan provides land use, parking/circulation, open space and infrastructure goals, policies, and objectives, and implementation measures which will guide land use and development decisions around the station.



Sparky Harris, Principal Planner
Phone:  (916) 808-2996


On August 25, 2020, City Council adopted the West Broadway Specific Plan (WBSP) for the 292-acres area generally bounded by the Sacramento River on the west; U.S. Highway 50 and Broadway on the north; Muir Way and 5th Street on the east; and 4th Avenue on the south, as shown on the West Broadway Specific Plan area map

Now that the plan is adopted, it provides a framework of goals, policies, guidelines, and development standards for new development within the West Broadway area for the next 20 years.  The WBSP also streamlines the housing development process and provides a vision for future riverfront planning and a destination for community events and new recreational opportunities.  In addition, it includes short-term, medium-term, and long-term implementing actions for the City, such as updating the Parks Master Plan for Miller Regional Park.

The WBSP will help create a more walkable neighborhood and improve multimodal connectivity. By increasing housing opportunities near the urban core, it will help reduce long commutes and dependence on cars, reduce the per capita use of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions to help meet air quality standards. 


Helen Selph, Associate Planner
Phone:  (916) 808-7852




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