City to showcase master plan for a sustainable Sacramento Valley Station in virtual open house

The public is invited to learn more about the City’s recently completed Sacramento Valley Station Area Plan, which provides a 20-year development road map for the 17 acres of property around the historic train depot and incorporates sustainable principles under the Living Community Challenge (LCC) framework.

The sustainable design and other plan elements including parks, open space, and bicycle and pedestrian connections will be previewed at a virtual community open house on Wednesday, Aug. 26 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

“We are especially excited that the fully built-out Sacramento Valley Station Area will have net positive energy, an accomplishment made possible by capturing solar energy and the heat energy from the ground for heating and cooling,” said Greg Taylor, Sacramento Valley Station Project Manager. “The station also plans to recycle all wastewater and reuse it for landscaping on-site. In addition to its sustainable design, new infrastructure will feature a ‘biophilic design,’ intended to bring nature into the built environment and create points of refuge for travelers and residents.”

In 2018, the City concluded work on an initial conceptual planning that resulted in two master plan concepts. Currently, the City is developing a preferred option and multi-phase implementation plan. This year, the Sacramento Valley Station Specific Plan will be completed and provide a pathway for expanding regional transportation services and developing the Sacramento Valley Station site. The goals of the design concept are to establish a well-connected transit center, be a gateway to the city and provide a mixed-use destination with infill development for the 17 acres of property around the historic depot.

Community members are encouraged to register online for the open house. Vice Mayor Jeff Harris will provide opening remarks, and a presentation by the project team and project partners will follow. Congresswoman Doris Matsui and Mayor Darrell Steinberg will also provide recorded statements.

About the Living Community Challenge Framework: The plan area on the City-owned site will be designed with sustainable principles, under the framework of the International Living Futures Institute’s Living Community Challenge (LCC) Vision Plan certification. LCC is a certification program that guides the design and construction of buildings and neighborhoods to be socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative.