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Transit-Oriented Development Ordinance

The Transit-Oriented Development Ordinance is currently proposed to be amended (November 2019).

 Upcoming public hearings currently scheduled:

  • December 12, 2019 (Planning and Design Commission)
  • December 17, 2019 (Law and Legislation Committee)

See proposed changes to the Sacramento City Code here .

See the description of the proposed new zoning district here  and the locations of the new zoning district here and below.

 Existing base zoning districts and properties to be rezoned to M-T Zone in the Cannon Industrial Park.

 

Existing base zoning districts and properties to be rezoned to M-T Zone on Railroad Drive. 

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ACADEMY WAY

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ACADEMY WAY

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KATHLEEN AVE

26503900020000

 

KATHLEEN AVE

26503900160000

 

KATHLEEN AVE

26503600110000

 

KATHLEEN ST

26502320170000

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LA ROSA RD

27402000100000

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RAILROAD DR

27402000050000

1940

RAILROAD DR

27402000060000

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RAILROAD DR

27401900160000

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RAILROAD DR

27402000070000

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RAILROAD DR

 

The Transit-Oriented Development Ordinance was unanimously approved by the City of Sacramento City Council on December 11, 2018.  The Ordinance became effective beginning on January 10, 2019.  The staff report may be viewed here and the meeting video may be viewed here.  

The purpose of the ordinance is to incentivize transit supportive uses near light rail stations, and to preserve transit areas for appropriate development opportunities.  

 Why is the Transit-Oriented Development Ordinance proposed to be amended as of November 2019?

City Council requested staff to conduct additional outreach to affected property owners/businesses, particularly in industrial areas of the City, and return to City Council in the first quarter of 2019. City Council requested staff to return with recommended next steps in addressing concerns regarding significant barriers between properties with existing industrial uses and light rail stations.

On April 2, 2019, City Council reviewed a proposed framework for revising the TOD Ordinance and directed staff to reevaluate the ¼ and ½ mile distance from light rail stations and consider revising the TOD Ordinance distance to account for the length of time required to walk and bike from the light rail station to the property instead of “as the crow flies” distance.

Revising the TOD Ordinance measuring distance methodology more accurately identifies transit-supportive uses that are within one-quarter mile or one-half mile walking or biking distance from a light rail station.

Based on conversations with business and property owners and field observations, City staff has developed a proposed new zoning district that encourages existing industrial areas to operate, while also providing flexibility for other types of land uses, such as multi-unit housing and job-intensive office and retail uses that over time may transition into a transit-supportive environment.

The new zone recognizes that certain industrial areas near light rail stations lack pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and neighborhood-serving amenities and services to facilitate significant Transit-Oriented Development. The City is proposing a new zoning district (M-T Industrial and Transit-Area Zone) specifically for industrial areas near certain light rail stations that would permit commercial and industrial uses, such as wholesale stores and manufacturing uses to continue to operate in certain areas near light rail stations while encouraging higher-intensity residential, commercial, retail, office, and mixed uses by right. Auto-oriented uses, such as drive-through restaurants, auto body shops, and gas stations, and low employment intensity uses, such as mini storage and warehouse uses, would continue to be prohibited within ¼ mile from a light rail station.

Why Transit-Oriented Development?

The Transit-Oriented Development Ordinance helps ensure that the investments made in our regional transit systems are continually supported and utilized to their full extent. The ordinance encourages the following anticipated community benefits:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create healthier communities through increased transit ridership
  • Increase pedestrian access around businesses
  • Provide long-term return on investments for landowners
  • Provide easy access to goods and services for seniors and other persons with access and functional needs who are unable to drive
  • Create more vibrant transit centers and corridors with a mix of pedestrian friendly uses

Incentivizing Transit Supportive Uses:

For uses that increase transit ridership, such as high-density housing and job-intensive uses, the City approved the following incentives:

  • Building review incentives for multi-unit housing projects with 25 or more units
  • Reduced parking requirements near transit stations (for all land uses, existing and future)
    • ¼ mile of a light rail station: no minimum required off-street vehicle parking
    • ½ mile of a light rail station: required off-street vehicle parking reduced by 50%

Preserving Transit Areas for Future Transit Oriented Development:

The following uses are prohibited within a ¼ mile of an existing or proposed light rail station:

  • Auto-sales, storage, rental (outdoor)
  • Auto-service, repair
  • Drive-through restaurant
  • Gas station large*
  • Gas station (small)
  • Mini storage; locker building
  • Warehouse; distribution center

The following uses require a conditional use permit within a ½ mile of an existing or proposed light rail station platform:

  • Auto - sales, storage, rental
  • Auto service, repair
  • Cannabis cultivation
  • Cannabis manufacturing, nonvolatile
  • Drive-through restaurant
  • Equipment - rental, sales yard
  • Gas station (large)*
  • Gas station (small)
  • Manufacturing, service and repair
  • Mini storage; locker building
  • Plant nursery
  • Warehouse; distribution center
  • Wholesale store

*Prohibited Citywide but allowed with a conditional use permit if located greater than 1/4 mile from the center of an existing or proposed light rail station platform and located within 500 feet of freeway right-of-way or located within 500 feet of a roadway with six or more lanes.  Defined as gas stations capable of fueling more than ten vehicles simultaneously. 

Projects with planning applications submitted prior to October 1, 2018 are exempt from the ordinance.

Transit-Oriented Development Ordinance Schedule:

City Council

October 17, 2017

Law and Legislation Committee

April 24, 2018

Planning and Design Commission

September 20, 2018

Law and Legislation Committee

November 13, 2018

Planning and Design Commission

November 29, 2018

City Council (Approved)

December 11, 2018

Ordinance Effective Date

30 days after City Council approval


Click on the map below to explore all the properties that are subject to the ordinance.

 

Transit Oriented Development Map Grid

Additional resources on Transit-Oriented Development

Regional TOD Planning

TOD and Housing Affordability

TOD and Public Health

TOD and Greenhouse Gas Reduction

TOD Case Studies

Fiscal Impacts of TOD