In response to State housing requirements, the City of Folsom, as part of its Housing Element implementation, is conducting a targeted multi-family and mixed-use housing study to evaluate design, density, and market feasibility for multi-family and residential mixed-use development along the East Bidwell Corridor, at the Glenn light rail station, and in the town center area of the Folsom Plan Area, south of US-50 (refer to the Targeted Housing Areas Map). This strategy uses existing areas in Folsom designated for housing and mixed-use development in the General Plan rather than using additional sites in established areas. Throughout this process, the city and its consultant, Opticos Design, will work with the public, housing stakeholders, and decision makers to evaluate design concepts supported by market feasibility analysis.
In order to create housing opportunities for our children, current and future workers, and those with changing housing needs, Folsom needs a variety of housing types in locations near jobs, services, and transit. This effort looks at providing multi-family housing opportunities both north and south of Highway 50. We would like your input on the type of housing design that works best in these areas.
- Please provide your thoughts on the design and scale of new housing at the Planning Commission workshop on Wednesday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit the Planning Commission meeting dates webpage or view the 20-minute workshop presentation from June 9 below.
- On Tuesday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m., planning staff will present the Targeted Housing Study recommendations to City Council. For more information, visit the City Council meeting City Council meetings and agenda webpage.
- The second community workshop was held on Thursday, June 9 at 6 p.m. View the 20 minute presentation or the 1 hour workshop.
- Download and view the PDF of the first community workshop presentation and results from April 21, 2022.
|SACOG Grant Award and Consultant Contract||January 2022|
|Background Research and Analysis||February 2022|
|Market Conditions Analysis||March/April 2022|
|Community Workshop 1||April 2022|
|Financial Feasibility||May/June 2022|
|Community Workshop 2||May/June 2022|
|Design Recommendations and Feasibility Analysis||June 2022|
|Public Hearings||June/July 2022|
- What is multi-family and residential mixed-use housing?
- Multi-family housing is any housing with more than two units including apartments, condominiums, and townhomes. Residential mixed-use development is office space or stores with housing located above, adjacent to, or attached to it.
- Why were these three areas chosen?
- These areas that were identified in the city’s 2035 General Plan and in the 2021-2029 Housing Element for multi-family and residential mixed-use development.
- Is this part of the Zoning Code Update?
- Yes. The design concepts and design standards from this study will be used in the Zoning Code Update for new multi-family and mixed-use projects.
- Will this change the housing design or density in my neighborhood?
- Most neighborhoods will not be affected by these changes. The city is targeting areas that are primarily commercial or not yet developed and vacant, such as the Folsom Town Center. The focus is on creating attractive design standards for multi-family and mixed-use development to ensure that new development is compatible with the surrounding area.
- Why is the city doing this now?
- This study fulfills the policies and programs from both the new Housing Element and the city’s Housing Element.
- Why do we need for multi-family housing and new design standards?
- As the city’s population grows and more people work here, Folsom needs a variety of housing types. The best location for those dwellings are near jobs, services, and transit.
- Opticos Design - Targeted Housing Study Recommendations Memo (PDF)
- 2035 General Plan (PDF)
- 2021-2029 Housing Element (Webpage)
- Folsom Plan Area Specific Plan (Webpage)
- East Bidwell Street – Complete Streets Corridor Plan (PDF)
- Existing 1988 Multi-Family Design Guidelines (PDF)
- Regional Transit’s Transit Oriented Development Action Plan (Website)