This section is designed to present the key land use planning documents that provide development standards and policies in an organized, understandable fashion. These documents form the basis for land use planning decisions, from the broad policies of the General Plan, down to the detailed development standards of the Zoning Code.
General Plan. This countywide policy document provides guidance for directing land use planning in the unincorporated county. This webpage also lists “policy documents” - components of the General Plan that are not elements. The General Plan undergoes major updates every several years and smaller amendments on an occasional basis. For information on amendment activity see the General Plan Amendment page.
Community Plans. Each community in the county has a Community Plan containing policies that apply only to that community. This community-driven document, while consistent with the General Plan, directs development in a fashion that better reflects the desires of the community.
Zoning Code. The Zoning Code contains detailed standards and regulations that help to implement the policies of the General Plan. It lists land use zones, possible uses in those zones, and development standards for each zone. For information on Zoning Code updates visit the Development Code Update website.
Limited Area Plans: SPAs, NPAs, Master and Specific Plans. When neighborhoods discover that the Sacramento County Zoning Code does not address special neighborhood concerns well, there are two processes that commonly are used to create a localized, neighborhood-driven “mini-zoning code”. The primary approaches are the Neighborhood Preservation Area (NPA) and Special Planning Area (SPA). For information on NPAs and SPAs in progress, visit the Plans and Projects in Progress page.
Planning for large future development areas is often performed through a master plan or specific plan process. This Limited Areas Plan web page explains those and related processes and lists the adopted planning documents. For information on master and specific plans in progress, visit the Plans and Projects in Progress page.
Corridor Plans. Sacramento County has many established commercial corridors that are ripe for re-development. These areas are a major opportunity for infill and for applying modern designs and standards that reflect sustainable, high quality-of-life development. This page lists the adopted corridor plans and has links to their webpages, when available. For information on Corridor Plans in progress, visit the Plans and Projects in Progress page.