This Division oversees the city’s Landscaping & Lighting (L&L) Districts and Community Facilities Districts (CFDs) established to maintain city-owned streetscapes, streetlights, mini parks, and amenities within the Districts. For more information about each District and the associated yearly assessments contact Zach Perras at 916-461-6675 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Prairie Oaks Ranch Landscaping and Lighting District (“The District”) was established in 1995. It was formed as a special benefit assessment district with the purpose of maintenance, improvement, and servicing of landscape corridors, streetscapes, and streetlights, and to provide power and water for the aforementioned improvements.
There are no other funding sources (General Fund or otherwise) that maintain the Prairie Oaks Ranch L&L’s assets. The cost of labor, equipment, and materials has increased over the past 26 years and the district did not include a “cost of living” adjustment mechanism in its formation. Because of this, the assessment rate has remained static while the cost of maintaining and servicing the improvements has steadily increased. This has made maintaining and servicing the district at its intended level a challenge.
A new overlay district to be called the Prairie Oaks Ranch No. 2 Landscaping and Lighting Assessment District is being proposed to provide additional funding for maintenance, repairs, and improvements to address both the immediate and future needs of the district.
This process has proved valuable and successful in addressing underfunded maintenance in five other similar districts in the city. Over the last 15 years, the City of Folsom has entered into this public process of education and discussion to decide how to address funding deficits in American River Canyon North, Blue Ravine Oaks, Folsom Heights, Broadstone, and Willow Creek Estates East. We look forward to working with our residents to arrive at the best solutions for Prairie Oaks Ranch No. 2.
What will this new assessment provide to the district?
- Update antiquated stand-alone irrigation controllers to new centralized controllers with flow monitoring.
- Change out and/or replace missing or damaged plant material.
- Retrofit streetlights with new LED lights.
- Address Open Space maintenance issues.
- Renovate and update entry monument signs.
- Repair and replace dilapidated fencing.
- Replace select turf with California native / naturalized plants.
- Establish tree maintenance regimen.
- Repair and/or replace landscape lighting at entries.
Public Meetings for Residents of the Prairie Oaks Ranch L&L District
Residents are invited and encouraged to join either or both meetings (held in a virtual format) to learn more from city staff about the proposed reassessment, ask questions, and provide feedback.
- Meeting 1: Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Read the presentation from the first meeting here.
- Meeting 2: Thursday, March 11, 2021
Additional Information or Questions
Contact Municipal Landscape Services Manager Zach Perras at 916-461-6675 or email@example.com.
Reducing wildfire risk is a priority at the City of Folsom. Weed abatement involves removing weeds, brush, and dry grasses from public areas and open space to help reduce fire hazards.
The Parks & Recreation Department manages more than 980 acres of open space areas in parks and the city's Landscaping and Lighting (L&L) Districts. About 300 of those acres are weed abated.
The city uses multiple weed abatement methods, including:
- The work of city maintenance staff and contractors
- Managed grazing: sheep and goats are used in select areas in Folsom to control vegetation instead of manual, mechanical, or chemical methods. The animals graze on weeds and invasive species, including Chinese tallows and Tree of Heaven. Protected trees and plants, including young oak trees and elderberry shrubs, are fenced off from the grazing animals.
The L&L District weed abatement schedule is based on fire hazard ratings determined by the fire chief. The city requires defensible space of at least 30 feet from a structure or to the property line. The fire chief may increase this distance to 100 feet for high-hazard areas. These requirements apply to city-owned property and private property.
Call Maintenance Supervisor Jamison Larson at 530-559-9929 or email with questions about the L&L District weed abatement program.
If you notice an area in need of weed abatement, check the abatement schedule to see if the area is scheduled. To report an unscheduled weed abatement need, use SeeClickFix Folsom or contact the Folsom Fire Department at 916-461-6300.