Natomas North Precinct Specific Plan

​Project Summary

The Natomas North Precinct Specific Plan (formerly known as the the Natomas Vision Plan and Natomas Joint Vision effort) has had a detailed and lengthy history.  Efforts began in the 1990’s with an urban services boundary special study that ultimately resulted in the 2002 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City of Sacramento and the County.  This resulted in collaborative work on an open space strategy, a Broad Visioning process, and technical studies to assist in preparing a conservation strategy.  On January 13, 2010, the Board of Supervisors initiated proceedings for a Special Planning Area (SPA).  On February 7, 2012 the Board of Supervisors initiated a Master Plan process that includes moving the Urban Services Boundary (USB) and Urban Policy Area (UPA), and associated General Plan Amendments, Rezones, and an SPA. In September 2014, the Landowners' Group submitted an application that was later modified to include urbanization for the area north of Elkhorn Boulevard and east of Highway 99.  The Master Plan process continues the effort begun many years ago and includes opportunities for public comment and input.

The area includes numerous important assets and unique opportunities to the County and the Region.  The area contains the intersection of two major north/south and east/west interstates; will be served by the future Downtown/Natomas/Airport Light Rail line; is within four to seven miles of downtown Sacramento; and is identified as a future growth area in the regional “Blueprint” Plan.  The Sacramento International Airport represents a significant investment of both public and private funds and is a major regional economic asset.  Immediately to the east of the airport is the Metro Airpark business park that in the future will be available for construction of major employment and business activity.  In addition, major investments of local, state and federal funds are underway to complete massive levee improvements in order to protect existing homes and residents, the airport, the interstate freeways and other significant investments within the larger Natomas Basin.  Finally, solutions to addressing the preservation of habitats and species, notably the Swainson’s Hawk and Giant Garter Snake, are being studied and will be an important component of the planning process.

​Public Input Opportunities

As the Natomas North Precinct Specific Plan proceeds through the planning and environmental processes there will be numerous public review and input opportunities.  You may track this project if you sign up for updates on New Growth Area and Master Plans. 

Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) 

​Past Public Workshops​

Board of Supervisors Workshop, March 23, 2016

Board of Supervisors Workshop, December 16, 2015 - Continued to Spring 2016

Planning Commission Workshop, September 28, 2015

Applicant's Application Narrative

Biological Studies  

The Landowners’ Group, consisting of Brookfield Natomas, LLC, Ose Properties, Inc., and Demeter Development, LP, has been actively engaged in developing a conservation strategy given the existence of biological species in the area (Swainson’s Hawk and Giant Garter Snake). This will lead to either a new or amended Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) that takes into account the existing HCP that the City of Sacramento and Sutter County entered into with the regulatory agencies. 

Natomas Vision Plan - Board Initiation

On February 7, 2012, the Board of Supervisors initiated a Master Plan process, including the initiation of an amendment to the General Plan to move the Urban Services Boundary (USB) and Urban Policy Area (UPA) within the Plan Area with the boundary locations to be determined through the Master Plan process. The initiation process simply allows the planning and environmental processes to begin.  Full analyses, including public input opportunities, will follow.  Board materials are provided below: 

Special Planning Area Proceedings Initiation 

On January 13, 2010 the Board of Supervisors initiated proceedings for a Special Planning Area zone (SPA).  The Board materials for the SPA Proceedings Initiation hearing are provided below: 

Related Amendment to the Sacramento County General Plan

In November 2011, the Board of Supervisors approved the 2030 General Plan which included an overlay for the  Plan area.  The overlay reads as follows:

“Natomas Joint Vision Area.  On December 10, 2002, the Sacramento City Council and Board adopted a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining principles of land use and revenue sharing between the City and County of Sacramento for the Natomas area, setting the stage for what has come to be known as the “Natomas Joint Vision.”  The “Natomas Joint Vision Study Area” overlay on the Land Use Diagram indicates the area addressed by this MOU.  The cooperative effort addresses land use, economic development, and environmental opportunities and challenges in Natomas.  The result will be quality development balanced with permanent open space preservation systems.  Additionally, SACOG’s Blueprint shows significant development in the Natomas Joint Vision Area.  Because of the MOU, the Blueprint and the importance of the Natomas Joint Vision Area to the region, the County anticipates development in portions of the Natomas Basin within the timeframe of the General Plan.  Subject to the preparation and certification of the appropriate environmental documentation, this development shall be accomplished either by an expansion of the USB, the City’s Sphere of Influence, or both.  See related policy LU-114 and Implementation Measure C in the “Regional and Local Agency Coordination” section of this Element.”

For More Information on the Natomas North Precinct Specific Plan


Todd Smith, Principal Planner
Planning and Environmental Review
827 7th Street, Room 225
Sacramento, CA 95814
Desk Phone: (916) 874-6918
Email: smithtodd@s​ ​

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Project History

​View Brief Project History and Overview of the Natomas Joint Vision for a a summary of the project history starting in the 1990's .