The City of Sacramento just got a little bigger.

The City recently completed the annexation of an area known as the Panhandle, a narrow piece of undeveloped property spanning 589 acres north of Del Paso Road and south of Elkhorn Road in North Natomas.  

The Local Agency Formation Commission on June 13 filed the Certificate of Completion with the County Clerk-Recorder. The City now is responsible for providing services to the area, which previously belonged to the County.

The Panhandle annexation project has been roughly two decades in the making. The project lays the groundwork for the future development that includes more than 1,600 units of mixed-income single-family housing, as well as schools, parks, open space and bike trails.

“I am proud to welcome the Panhandle to the City of Sacramento,” said Mayor Pro Tem Angelique Ashby, who represents the district. “This urban residential infill project will help us meet high demand for more housing in Natomas as well as in Sacramento at large.”

While developing the project, City staff paid special attention to the fact that the Panhandle is flanked by existing neighborhoods – Natomas Park, Regency Park and Valley View Acres – each with unique features and characteristics.

The resulting land-use plan was the product of several community outreach meetings as well as careful consideration of the goals and policy direction from the City’s 2035 General Plan and the North Natomas Community Plan.

The development ultimately will generate approximately $8 million for the City’s Housing Trust Fund for affordable and inclusive housing.

Construction on the new neighborhood could start as soon as 2020, officials said.