City Seeks Public Comment as Annexation Plans Move Forward
City officials invite public comment on the planning and environmental documents for Folsom’s 3,510-acre expansion south of Highway 50. The documents set the stage for Folsom’s growth over the next quarter century.
“Our vision is a high-quality, walkable community that preserves open space and provides a full range of housing options as well as retail, office and public amenities that will bring new jobs and services to our community,” says City Manager Kerry Miller.
The Specific Plan is the guiding planning document for the annexation area. It outlines a comprehensively planned community based on “Smart Growth” and Transit Oriented Development principles. The plan area includes a mix of residential, commercial, employment and public uses complemented by recreational amenities including parks and open space, all within close proximity to one another.
“The Specific Plan reflects what citizens told us they want for this area,” says Miller. “As voters dictated with the passage of Measure W in 2004, the plan preserves 30 percent of the area as natural open space. In addition, all costs for water and infrastructure will be borne by future residents of the area.”
The land will be available for development after the annexation process is complete, as early as spring 2011. However, Miller says that the economy will dictate when ground will be broken, noting that development will occur in strategic increments as the economy rebounds.
The Specific Plan features:
- Up to 10,210 dwelling units including large and small lot homes and high-density condominiums and apartments
- Up to 10,300 new jobs in retail, commercial and office worksites
- A high ratio of jobs to housing units to significantly reduce vehicle miles traveled
- A pedestrian friendly town center with mixed-use commercial, retail and residential
- A transportation system that includes a public transit corridor, regional connections and local circulation for vehicles, cycling and walking
- Regional destination shopping and entertainment district
- Five elementary and one combined middle/high school
- Six neighborhood parks and two community parks
- Two new fire stations and a police sub-station
- Approximately 1,050 acres of natural open space protecting oak woodlands, wildlife habitat, wetlands and cultural features and providing valuable recreational opportunities
- An independent source of water to be funded by future residents of the area
Community Development Director David Miller notes that the Specific Plan and environmental documents are the result of many years of intensive work by staff, consultants and property owners, with significant input from environmentalists and other special interest groups.
“We have held to very high standards, and as a result this is a model community development plan,” he says. “There is not another project in the region that has set aside 30 percent open space or that has met an air quality requirement of reducing emissions by 35 percent.”
In a 2004 Blue Print Project plan, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) identified Folsom’s south of Highway 50 area as a prime location to absorb some of the 800,000 to 1 million people projected to move into the Sacramento region in the next 30 years.
Proposed Annexation Public Meetings
Informational Open House & Public Workshop
5 – 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2
Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma St.
Learn more about the draft Specific Plan and draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
View displays, ask questions and submit comments.
Joint Folsom Planning Commission/Historic District Commission Workshop
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4
Council Chambers, City Hall, 50 Natoma St.
Annexation Documents Available for Review
Copies of the Specific Plan and draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) are available for viewing at:
- City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 50 Natoma Street
- Folsom Public Library, Georgia Murray Building, 411 Stafford St.
- Folsom Public Library, Norman R. Siefkin Building, 1970 Broadstone Parkway
Documents are also posted here. Written comments on the draft EIR must be postmarked no later than Sept. 10 and mailed to: Gail Furness de Pardo, City of Folsom Community Development Department, 50 Natoma St., Folsom CA 95630, or firstname.lastname@example.org.