All Sacramento residents have the opportunity to participate in the Downtown Specific Plan Survey. You have until Friday, March 10 to make your opinion heard. I filled out the survey and I encourage you to do so also.
Filling out the survey is somewhat similar to voting during local, state and federal elections in my mind – if you don’t vote you are not entitled to complain (or at least that is what I always told my daughter). Luckily my daughter has taken this admonition to heart – and she always votes so that she can complain afterwards – if need be.
It is important to note the boundaries of the Downtown Sacramento Specific Plan project area. They are the Sacramento River to the West, the American River to the North, Highway 80 to the East, and Highway 50 to the South. The Downtown Sacramento Specific Plan project area is much larger that I originally thought it might be – thus increasing the importance of citizen participation.
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The survey includes, among other things, questions regarding public spaces in the Downtown Sacramento Specific Plan project area, other possible great public spaces, questions about Downtown streets and corridors, what you think are important aspects of Sacramento’s quality of life, concerns you may have about adding more housing in Downtown, etc.
You might wonder – what exactly is a Specific Plan? A Specific Plan is a comprehensive planning and zoning document for a defined geographic region of the City.
The Downtown Sacramento Specific Plan will implement the General Plan by providing a special set of development standards applied to the geographic area i.e. where the housing will be located, what it will look like, integration with transit and other mobility options, needed infrastructure improvements, desired amenities to support additional residents, and how the infrastructure will be paid for.
In the case of the Downtown Sacramento Specific Plan the goal of increasing housing by 10,000 units in the next decade will require that higher density housing be built. According to the City of Sacramento FAQ’s for Downtown Sacramento higher density simply means new residential development at a density that is higher than single family home or attached townhouses. For Downtown Sacramento, higher density can be anything between 18-36 to 150+ units.
Comments on the Downtown Sacramento Specific Plan?
If you have an opinion – take this opportunity to express it – or don’t complain to me!