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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. 

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, Senior 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.



Karlo Felix, Senior Planner 
(916) 808-7183

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


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


The West Broadway Specific Plan will build on work that was previously undertaken and leverage the changes coming to The Mill and the Broadway corridor to create a vision for the development and redevelopment of the area.  The Specific Plan will stitch together seemingly disparate land-uses and disconnected circulation patterns into a vibrant cohesive fabric and remove barriers to increasing the supply of housing south of Broadway. 
The 279-acre project area is generally bound by the Sacramento River on the west, Broadway on the north; Muir Way and 5th Street on the east; and 4th Avenue on the south. This area includes the Northwest Land Park PUD area, an infill project (under construction) known as The Mill at Broadway; Alder Grove and Marina Vista Public Housing communities; William Land Woods Affordable Housing Community; Leataata Floyd Elementary School; Health Professionals High School; approximately 32 acres of existing industrial land uses; Miller Regional Park and the Sacramento Marina. Visit the West Broadway Specific Plan web page for more information.


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




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