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Downtown Specific Plan

In 2015 the Downtown Housing Initiative was launched to bring 10,000 new housing units in the next 10 years to Downtown Sacramento. The Downtown Specific Plan takes that initiative further by looking at growth opportunities for the next twenty years and beyond.

Through plan development, the City will highlight and evaluate opportunity sites ready for development. The City will be working 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 development of the Specific Plan will get kicked off in late summer of 2016 and finish in 2018.

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Downtown Specific Plan Public Workshop at the Planning and Design Commission
Thursday October 12, 2017 (5:30 p.m.)*
New City Hall - Council Chambers
915 I Street, First Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814

*Please note, if you received a notice stating that the Planning and Design Commission Workshop is on Tuesday, October 12th, this is incorrect. The notice should have read, Thursday, October 12th (5:30pm).

Join us for the unveiling of the draft Downtown Specific Plan!  The City of Sacramento is hosting an open house to share the draft Downtown Specific Plan, which will pave the way for at least 10,000 places to live in the next 10 years.  The Community Open House is  Monday, October 9th 5:30 – 7:30 pm at New City Hall Lobby, 915 I Street, Sacramento. For more info, view the Community Open House Flyer.

Notice of Availability (NOA) of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR)              The City of Sacramento, Community Development Department, as Lead Agency, has issued issued a Notice of Availability (NOA) of a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Downtown Specific Plan.  The comment period is from September 22, 2017 to November 8, 2017.


Paddle Boarding in Southside Park? A New Look at What Downtown Needs

What’s the best thing about downtown Sacramento? Its restaurants. The worst? The lack of housing for average workers.

The Sacramento Bee: April 10, 2017

Sacramento Asks Residents What They Want Downtown To Be When It Grows Up

City Hall got personal with residents this week, asking the question: “Tell us about one of your happiest urban experiences.”

The Sacramento Bee: March 2, 2017


Notice of Preparation (NOP) Of An Environmental Impact Report  

The City of Sacramento has issued a Notice of Preparation (NOP) of an Environmental Impact Report for the Downtown Specific Plan. The comment period is from February 15, 2017 to March 17, 2017.

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Plan Goals

  • Create a Specific Plan that paves the way for at least 10,000 places to live in the next 10 years
  • Develop a varied housing stock that reflects the diversity of Sacramento
  • Incentivize Transit-Oriented Development throughout downtown Sacramento including along the streetcar corridor
  • Remove barriers to housing development by streamlining the development and environmental review process
  • Maintain the quality of life central city residents experience and further neighborhood livability by including supporting amenities along with housing