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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.” The Plan’s goals are to 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, and maintain the quality of life central city residents experience, while increasing neighborhood livability with new amenities and housing.

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.

Timeline: December 2013



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).

River District Specific Plan

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, Project Manager
(916) 808-5260


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


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