Landscaping & Lighting

Willow Creek Estates East No. 2 Proposed Landscaping & Lighting District Assessment
Click here to get the most current information on the new assessment that just passed on July 11, 2017.

Landscape & Lighting District Advisory Committee

Landscaping and Lighting District Manager: Lorraine Poggione 916-355-7207 or lpoggione@folsom.ca.us

Irrigation and Streetlights

See a water leak, broken sprinkler, or have a question about the City's landscape?

Contact L&L Districts Manager Lorraine Poggione at 916-355-7207 or Lpoggione@folsom.ca.us, or call 530-559-9929 for Jamison Larson to report or discuss the matter. You can also leave your name and number and we'll call you back.

Got a flickering streetlight or one that is out?"

Contact L&L District Manager Lorraine Poggione at 916-355-7207 or Lpoggione@folsom.ca.us, or call 530-559-9929 for Jamison Larson to report or discuss the matter. You can also leave your name and number and we'll call you back.

General Overview Of Landscaping and Lighting Districts

In the City of Folsom, there are 26 Landscaping and Lighting (L&L) Districts. The purpose of landscaping and lighting districts is to maintain and service the public improvements within each district. Such improvements generally consist of landscape corridors and median islands as well as streetlights. In some instances, L&L Districts maintain walls, fences, open space areas, and/or other public improvements such as art work (such as is the case Natoma Station).

Each L&L District is formed in accordance with the 1972 Landscaping and Lighting District Act. An annual per parcel assessment is established at the time a district is formed that is collected by the County (via a resident's tax bill) and remitted back to the City of Folsom to administer the district's improvements. The annual assessment is created and established to cover operating and maintenance costs of the public improvements. The annual assessment is not a “bond” and as such, it does not eventually get paid off or paid down. The annual assessment is adopted upon each year by the City Council.

Services
  • Maintain and Service landscaping in L&L Districts
  • Maintain and Service streetlights in L&L Districts
  • Maintain and Service specific infrastructure (walls, art work, fences, path ways, trails) in L&L Districts
  • Improve and enhance existing landscape areas within L&L Districts
  • Interface with public regarding maintenance issues, requirements, and needs within L&L Districts
Water Conservation

The Landscaping and Lighting Districts are committed to saving water and as such over the last two years have been implementing specific projects that have targeted water reduction and improved water use. 

Examples of some of the projects include the removal of turf in the median on Oak Avenue between South Lexington Drive and E Bidwell and the removal of pop up spray heads and replacement with drip tubing and drought tolerant plant materials in the median on Oak Avenue between Kennerly/Riley and Iron Point. The water savings has equated to about a 30 percent savings in water use. 

The L&L Division continues to plan for and implement several projects per year and will continue to focus on saving water and applying it wisely. Other structural changes taking place include the implementation of smart irrigation timers which detect leaks, regulate flows, and turn off sprinkler systems if rainfall and/or a leak is detected. Sixteen new timers are being installed in 16 of the L&L Division mini parks and an additional 54 irrigation timers (or about 1/3 of the L&L timers in the L&L Districts) will be converted to a computer-based and electronically-monitored system which utilizes state-of-the-art equipment to set irrigation rates based on current environmental conditions.

Water Management Drought Presentation

Landscaping and Lighting Districts

American River Canyon North, American River Canyon North #2, Blue Ravine Oaks (The Shores), Briggs Ranch, Broadstone 1&2, Broadstone Unit 3, Cobble Hills Ridge/Reflections, Cobble Ridge, Fieldstone Meadows, Folsom Heights (California Hills and Enclave), Hannaford Cross, Lake Natoma Shores (The Preserves), La Collina dal Lago, Los Cerros, Natoma Station, Natoma Valley, Prairie Oaks, Sierra Estates, Silverbrook, Steeplchase, The Residences at American River Canyon, Willow Creek East, Willow Creek South, and Willow Springs.

Oversight and Management

The City has a full term Landscaping and Lighting District Manager who ensures that the public landscape and streetlight improvements are adequately maintained. Each year in June an Engineer's Report is prepared that describes the improvements, costs, and revenues within each district. Revenue from the annual assessment goes toward paying for the electricity that runs the streetlights and irrigation controllers, the water that irrigates the landscaping, the labor to maintain, repair, and enhance the improvements, and the costs incurred by the City to administer the districts.

Landscaping and Lighting District Advisory Committee

The City has a Landscaping and Lighting District Advisory Committee that is made up of one member from each district. The Committee meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Community Center, Activities Room, 52 Natoma Street. The Committee recesses in July and August.

One member from each L&L District is appointed by the City Council. Each member serves a four-year term. The Committee is divided into two groups with their four-year terms staggering every two years.

The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to help establish lines of communication between the City staff and elected/appointed city bodies. The Advisory Committee also assists the Manager by making recommendations on associated landscaping and lighting issues.

The City is current accepting all openings. Positions are open in the following districts:

  • Prairie Oaks (Exp. 2018)
  • Cobble Ridge (Exp. 2018)
  • Silverbrook (Exp. 2018)   
  • Hannaford Cross (Exp. 2020)   
  • The Residences at ARC (Exp. 2020)
  • Willow Creek South (Exp. 2020)    
  • Sierra Estates (Exp. 2020)
  • Willow Springs (Exp. 2020)
  • Steeplechase (Exp. 2020)
  • Natoma Valley (Exp. 2020)

If you are interested in participating or finding out more about the Committee or the Landscaping and Lighting Districts, please contact:

Lorraine Poggione, M.P.A

Landscaping and Lighting District Manager
50 Natoma Street
Folsom CA 95630
916-355-7207

If you would like to apply for consideration of membership, the commission application can be found in the following link:
Application for Council Appointed Citizen Boards/Commissions/Committees