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Planning Services

Undeveloped Commercial & Industrial Land Inventory 

As of August 2009, there are approximately 302 acres of undeveloped commercial and industrial property within the City’s boundaries.  There is also a variety of commercial and office space available.  For more information, contact Assistant City Manager Elaine Andersen at (916) 351-3315 or eandersen@folsom.ca.us.  


City staff strives to streamline the process with pre-application meetings to discuss projects before building plans are submitted.  Staff is also available to discuss code issues and for pre-construction meetings. 

Small business owners are profiting from a new City program that speeds building permits for smaller office and retail tenants.  City Building Division staff launched the Folsom Accelerated Small Tenant Improvement Review (FASTIR) program in 2011 to help tenants obtain building permits in a timely manner.  Under the FASTIR program, City staff conducts reviews with designers and owners by appointment with an 85% success rate in providing building permits within two hours.

Folsom Plan Area

The Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) approved Folsom's application to annex 3,585 acres in the Folsom Plan Area on Jan. 18.  The six-square-mile area will expand Folsom's city limits by 25% and development is expected to occur in stages over the next 20 to 30 years.  

At build-out, sometime between 2030 and 2040, the planned area will include 10,210 single and multi-family housing units for 27,000 residents.  Thirty percent of the area will remain natural open space, with 9 percent parks and schools.  About 13,000 jobs will be created, many in high-paying fields such as high-tech and medical industries. 

The Specific Plan for the land south of Highway 50 includes a mixture of residential, commercial, schools, municipal services, parks and open space, including: 

  •  1,533 acres of single family and multi-family residential housing
  •  451 acres of commercial/industrial uses
  •  121 acres of parks
  •  1,053 acres of open space
  •  5 elementary schools
  •  1 joint middle school/high school
  •  1 municipal services facility (police, fire, library, etc.)
  •  Infrastructure including drainage facilities, sewer lines & lift stations, roads, and electrical & natural gas lines Water treatment and off-site water conveyance line.



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