City of Folsom’s 2035 General Plan and Folsom Plan Area Specific Plan Amendments

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Project Overview

In response to state housing requirements, the City of Folsom began a two-part effort to increase housing capacity for multi-family and affordable development in certain areas.  In total, the Project proposes to create capacity for up to 6,046 additional residential units in the city.  By increasing capacity in targeted areas, the city will be able to maintain an adequate supply of land for multi-family housing without having to rezone land in established residential neighborhoods, which could be required under the state’s housing element requirements.

Part 2: City of Folsom’s 2035 General Plan and Folsom Plan Area Specific Plan Amendments (Draft Documents Now Available)

The city has begun the second part (Part 2) of its effort to increase opportunities for higher density housing in the targeted areas. The three targeted areas are the East Bidwell Street corridor, the transit priority areas around the Glenn and Iron Point light rail stations, and the Folsom Plan Area, particularly the Folsom Town Center, south of Highway 50. Part 2 involves the technical and environmental analyses to increase housing capacity and for necessary amendments to the General PlanFolsom Plan Area Specific Plan (FPASP), and Zoning Code

The Project includes amendments to the 2035 General Plan and Zoning Code to increase the minimum density and maximum floor area ratio (FAR) standards for the East Bidwell corridor mixed-use overlay and establish a new Transit Development Overlay (and associated development standards) for the areas surrounding Iron Point and Glenn Stations.  The project also allows for the potential of an additional 1,882 residential units in the Folsom Plan Area over the next 12 to 20 years. To account for increased residential development the project would reduce 251,266 square feet of non-residential development capacity in the Folsom Plan Area.  In total, the project proposes to create capacity for up to 6,046 additional residential units in the city.  By increasing capacity in targeted areas, the city will be able to maintain an adequate supply of land for multi-family housing without having to rezone land in established residential neighborhoods.  It is anticipated that this effort will be completed in early 2024.

Subsequent Environmental Review under CEQA

The City made the determination to prepare a Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) following preliminary review of the project.  The SEIR evaluates whether implementing the proposed Project would potentially result in one or more significant environmental effects. 

As the first step in the SEIR process, the City prepared a Notice of Preparation (NOP) and held a virtual public scoping meeting. The purpose of the NOP and the public scoping meeting was to solicit comments and suggestions regarding the scope and content of the PEIR to be prepared.

*NEW* On April 22, 2024, the Community Development Department released the draft amendments to the General Plan and Folsom Plan Area Specific Plan (see next Section for these documents) as well as the Project’s Draft Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (DSEIR). The public may provide written comments on the draft documents during the 45-day public review period, which runs until June 6, 2024. A community meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 16 at 6:00 pm.  For more information and the Zoom meeting link see the Community Workshops section below.

If you have any questions regarding the SEIR Process, contact the Project Manager, Stephanie Henry at shenry@folsom.ca.us

Draft General Plan and Folsom Plan Area Specific Plan Amendments

The Community Development Department released the draft amendments to the General Plan and Folsom Plan Area Specific Plan on April 22, 2024, in tandem with the DSEIR. The public may provide written comments on the draft documents during the 45-day public review period, which runs until June 6, 2024.

Part 1: Targeted Multi-Family and Mixed-Use Housing Study (Completed Summer 2022)

For Part 1 of this effort, the city hired Opticos Design, Inc. to prepare a targeted multi-family and mixed-use housing study. The study evaluated attractive design, density, development standards, and market feasibility for multi-family and residential mixed-use development in three targeted areas. On July 26, 2022, staff presented the final study with specific recommendations regarding changes to density, design, and development standards in these targeted areas to the City Council.  The Council provided input and was generally supportive of staff’s recommendations. To learn more about the targeted multi-family and mixed-use housing study view the project materials under the Resources tab below.

The results of the study and direction provided by City Council are being used to guide the increased housing capacity project’s proposed amendments to the General Plan, Folsom Plan Area Specific Plan (FPASP), and Zoning Code. 

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