Develop Downtown

Downtown Sacramento

As of November 2015, Sacramento’s urban core has seen an infusion of nearly $4 billion in public and private investment. Downtown is home to the Sacramento Railyards—the country’s largest urban infill project, as well as the new Golden 1 Center that brings the city’s NBA team and countless entertainment opportunities to the heart of the city. Several residential construction projects are currently underway with many more in the planning stages. Many factors are driving this demand for downtown Sacramento development:

  • Increasing market demand from those wanting to live, work and play in one community.
  • City policy has paved the way for high quality urban development, by upgrading the General Plan, Zoning Code, Parking Code, Urban Design Guidelines, and Building Permit Process to streamline the review process.
  • Downtown Sacramento development fees are less expensive than seven other jurisdictions in the region (Elk Grove, Folsom, Rancho Cordova, Rocklin, Roseville, Woodland and Sacramento County).
  • Infill fees apply within areas with reduced parkland dedication and fees for high-density housing.
  • Opportunities for savings on development costs utilizing existing infrastructure.
  • Access to a variety of transportation choices, including bikeways, buses, light rail and Amtrak.
  • Faster permitting then other jurisdictions.
  • CEQA exemptions and streamlining for projects that are less than 5 acres.
  • Access to a diverse employment base.
  • Access to world-class recreational and cultural amenities, including the Golden 1 Center, American River Parkway, and the Crocker Museum.
  • Downtown is the center of Sacramento’s nightlife, restaurant and music scene.

Downtown Amenities

A number of amenities attract people to live, work and play in downtown Sacramento.

Employment Access

There are more than 71,000 jobs within the target area. Residents can access downtown employment through Regional Transit (RT) Light Rail lines (3), and numerous bus routes.

Universities and Education

Downtown is within close proximity to California State University Sacramento, UC Davis, the Los Rios Community College District campuses, and University of the Pacific. Additionally, there are 10 schools and educational institutions located within the target area.


Downtown boasts more than 190 restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries and brewpubs.


Target area features 20 Community and Neighborhood Parks in addition to waterfront access along the Sacramento and American River parkways and the Sacramento Marina.


Downtown is home to hundreds of events, shows, concerts, festivals and events annually.


There are 31 galleries and art-related venues in the target area.

Cultural Institutions

There are 11 cultural and civic venues, including: Old Sacramento, the Crocker Museum, Railroad Museum, the State Capital, the Women’s History Museum, Sutter’s Fort, Leland Stanford Mansion, Governor’s Mansion, Wells Fargo Pavilion, Community Center Theater, Convention Center, and the Entertainment and Sports Complex. There are 9 private theaters, including the Crest Theatre, Esquire IMAX Theatre, and the Sacramento Community Theatre.

Supermarkets and Pharmacies

The target area hosts 9 existing supermarkets including Safeway Supermarket, Grocery Outlet, and future Natural Foods Coop and Whole Foods, as well as numerous farmers markets. Additionally, there are 12 pharmacies in the target area.


There are 10 hotels in the target area including major brands like Hyatt Regency, Sheraton Hotel, and Embassy Suites.