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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. 

The Final WBSP incorporates the following revisions:

Based on Commission and public input:

  • Added policy HR-1.6 to clarify that the demolition of the New Helvetia Historic District would only be permitted only if rehabilitation of the resource is not feasible; demolition is necessary to protect the health, safety, and welfare of its residents, or the public benefits outweigh the loss of the historic resource.
  • Added policy H-2.1 to clarify and strengthen the protections for public housing residents and require that there be a minimum of 751 housing units available to low-income residents within the plan area.
  • Revised policies H-2.2 & H2.3 to clarify the importance of maintaining affordable housing throughout the Specific Plan Area.
  • Added policy M-1.7 to clarify that during the review of development projects, the precise alignment of individual streets may be refined.

As a part of the final motion by City Council to adopt the WBSP, City Council directed staff to:

  • Add a Nathaniel Colley educational center (see revisions to Strategic Action HR-1.2 in Chapter 5).
  • Provide appropriate outreach and engagement to public housing residents (see addition of Strategic Action H-1.3 to Chapter 4).
  • Add the New Helvetia Historic District to the Sacramento Register (see addition of Strategic Action HR-1.3 to Chapter 5).
  • Pursue renaming the new courthouse in the railyards area for Nathaniel Colley.  Staff are working on this effort separately from the West Broadway Specific Plan.  

Learn more from the City Express Q&A: Here is the City's plan for connecting and transforming this area near Broadway


West Broadway Specific Plan (Complete Document, Adopted August 25, 2020) 

Shortcut to Land Use Plan Concept

Draft Environmental Impact Report

Final Environmental Impact Report

Public Facilities Funding Strategy

SHRA West Broadway Specific Plan Frequently Asked Questions

Supplemental Materials – Response to Social Justice Concerns


Project Schedule

  • Interest-Based Stakeholder Meetings: May 2018
  • Technical analysis & studies: May-July 2018
  • Public Outreach, Round 1:  July-August 2018
  • Planning and Design Commission Workshop #1: July 2018
  • Parks and Community Enrichment Commission: August 2, 2018
  • Active Transportation Commission: August 23, 2018
  • Administrative Draft Specific Plan and EIR:  May-July 2019
  • Community Workshop #2:  July 31, 2019
  • Specific Plan/EIR Public Review DRAFT: October 25-Dec. 9, 2019
  • Planning and Design Commission Hearing: March 26, 2020 
  • Parks and Community Enrichment Commission:  August 2, 2018
  • Administrative Draft Specific Plan and EIR:  May-July 2019
  • Community Workshop #2:  July 31, 2019
  • Public review of draft Specific Plan and EIR: December 23, 2019-February 20, 2020
  • Planning and Design Commission Review and Comment: May 14, 2020
  • Law and Legislation Committee: June 16, 2020
  • Active Transportation Commission: June 18, 2020
  • Preservation Commission: June 17, 2020
  • Planning and Design Commission Hearing:  July 23, 2020
  • Final Environmental Impact Report: Released  April 2020
  • City Council Hearing:  August 25, 2020


Public Outreach

Community Workshop #1 and EIR Scoping Meeting 

Staff Reports
  • City Council (public hearing) - Tuesday, August 25, 2020
    • Report to City Council
    • Public Hearing Notice
    • Presentation

Contact List 

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