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Frequently Asked Questions

There have been a number of different studies and plans for the Stockton Boulevard corridor. What is the Stockton Boulevard Plan and how is different?

The intent of the Stockton Boulevard Plan is to partner with existing residents, business owners, organizations, and landowners to develop a specific plan and action plan that will lead to an invested and vibrant Stockton Boulevard with equitable outcomes for existing residents and businesses.

The goal is that the planning process will be used to build the capacity of existing residents and businesses to guide how the area develops. The plan will provide a framework for residents to advocate for the type of development the community would like to see and prioritize funding and resources for the programs and initiatives that increase quality of life and lead to better social, financial, and health outcomes.

What is a specific plan and why is the City doing one for Stockton Boulevard?

The State and the region has a severe housing shortage, leading to rapidly rising home sale prices and rents. The City hopes to help alleviate this shortage through encouraging more housing and mixed-use development in areas close to transit and jobs. Under State law, if an area has an adopted specific plan, development may move more quickly through the review process. Stockton Boulevard was chosen for a specific plan because:

  • Room for growth – There are over 100 vacant parcels along the corridor.
  • Proximity to public transportation – Bus Route 51, which runs down Stockton Boulevard, is the most active of all Sacramento Regional Transit’s bus routes.
  • Anticipated investments – With Aggie Square and other investments, there is need for the community to plan for how changes can help existing residents and businesses.
  • Located near historically disinvested neighborhoods – By ensuring equitable investments and resources from the City and its partner agencies, the City hopes to increase the quality of life and economic growth of people, businesses, and places.

The Stockton Boulevard Plan will build a shared vision of the corridor as a great place for existing residents and businesses while also providing space for future growth. It will include policies and programs aimed at ensuring investments are equitable and protect existing residents and businesses from displacement.

How does the Stockton Boulevard Plan relate to Aggie Square? And what commitment can we expect from Aggie Square in the future investment along the corridor?

Aggie Square is an initiative of UC Davis. Phase 1 includes four new buildings with approximately 1.4 million square feet of building space, several public areas, and a Mobility Hub. More information about Aggie Square is available here:

While the Stockton Boulevard Plan will acknowledge Aggie Square as a related planning effort, the City does not have direct control over this project. However, the City is partnering with UC Davis on initiatives that will benefit existing residents and businesses, including workforce, housing, access to healthy foods, financial health, and physical health and well-being. For additional updates on the Aggie Square project, please visit the UC Davis website here:

What is the City’s financial commitment to implementing a future Stockton Boulevard Plan?

There are currently no funds specially designated to implement the Stockton Boulevard Plan; however, the City has made this a focus area for inclusive economic and community development programs and activities. City staff time and funding has been set aside to support a collaborative and inclusive planning process. As the planning process clarifies community priorities, the community and City will work together to determine which activities are needed and how the priority actions can be funded.

How important is equity to this planning process? Will the plan include an analysis of how potential actions will address equity and whether they will successfully mitigate displacement?

The City is using a working definition of equity as follows: Regardless of one’s identities, equity is when all people have fair, just treatment, access to the opportunities necessary to satisfy their essential needs, advance their well-being and achieve their full potential, while identifying and eliminating barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups.

The plan will prioritize equitable outcomes throughout the process. An emphasis on equity starts with including the people who are most affected and building capacity within them to continue the work after the initial work is complete. For this reason, a Resident Planning Team (or RPT) has been formed to guide the process to be equitable, inclusive, and transparent.

The Resident Planning Team is comprised of residents from surrounding neighborhoods along Stockton Blvd from Alhambra to 65th Street. The team will operate as a collaborative consulting team of community residents to build and inform the development of the Stockton Blvd Plan. They will provide advice to the core planning team and help identify underserved, marginalized, and multilingual communities along the corridor to prioritize and collaborate with throughout the planning process.

How will the plan address properties that are vacant or have not been maintained?

Creative solutions are needed to increase investment into properties that have not been developed or are not being maintained. The process will seek ways to encourage landowners to maintain their property, look for opportunities to create partnerships between landowners and developers or community groups interested in using available properties, and seek other methods which can address ongoing issues.

People have been camping along Stockton Boulevard. How can the City encourage new development when there are so many people living on undeveloped properties?

The City is seeking to create more safe and sanitary conditions for those who are living outside. To that end, the City Council is considering an interim ordinance authorizing the establishment of small temporary residential shelters and temporary shelter facilities through an administrative permit during a declared shelter crisis. City Council declared a Shelter Crisis on January 14, 2020. Addressing the needs of the unhoused is complicated and needs a variety of solutions. The City is exploring many options to address homelessness, including the development of affordable housing along Stockton Boulevard. For more information, please the City’s Solving Homelessness webpage.