The Sacramento Railyards Planning Effort
The Railyards is a collaborative effort between the City of Sacramento and Inland American Sacramento Holdings. The 240-acre brownfield site is located just north of Sacramento's central business district and east of the Sacramento River. It is recognized as the largest urban infill site in this region and presents Sacramento with a significant opportunity to accommodate future growth utilizing sustainable and smart growth principles.
The site is of national significance in that it was the western terminus of the 1869 Transcontinental Railroad and was the largest fabrication and maintenance facility west of the Mississippi. As a result, it represents Sacramento's heritage as a "Railroad Town". Under new ownership of Thomas Enterprises, the property is undergoing remediation. Clean up of the entire site is expected within two years.
The current proposal replaced the 1994 Railyards Specific Plan adopted by City Council. Identifying infrastructure funding mechanisms for the redevelopment of this major urban infill site provides the City an unprecedented opportunity to move away from the patterns of decentralization and suburban sprawl. Regionally, the project represents a significant opportunity to minimize growth pressures in the outlying areas slated for resource conservation, habitat protection, agricultural productions, and provide air quality and congestion relief.