Planning has played a vital role in the City of Folsom, and has shaped the vibrant, family-oriented community we know today. Folsom is renowned for its beautiful neighborhoods, walkable communities, quality schools, low crime rate, strong employer base, abundant recreational opportunities and historical heritage.
As mandated by state law, California cities must have a General Plan that outlines land use and development policies, objectives and standards. The City of Folsom is currently updating its General Plan— a blueprint for how the City will deal with a changing world over the next 20 years.
Since the City of Folsom last updated its General Plan in 1988, the world has changed in many ways. Technology, such as email and video conferencing means less space is needed for physical offices. Today’s young people are buying and driving cars less and opting for car sharing networks or mass transit instead. Retail preferences are shifting, and many opt to shop at online for convenience and lower prices than brick-and-mortar retailers. The nuclear family has been on the decline for decades, and the ‘traditional family’ – mom, dad and two kids— is now a minority.
Changing household demographics, new technology, transportation needs, and retail preferences should be taken into consideration when planning for the future. Folsom’s General Plan preserves Folsom’s character and guides policy decision-making about land use, transportation improvements, public services, and other important decisions.
A Preliminary Public Review Draft of the General Plan is available at www.Folsom2035.com and input is welcome and encouraged.
The first series of many public workshops has been scheduled, and community members are encouraged to attend and provide comments.
Historic District Commission Workshop
Focused on issues related to the Historic District
Wednesday, February 15 at 5 p.m.
Planning Commission Workshop
Wednesday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Parks and Recreation Commission Workshop
Focused on issues related to recreational activities and park facilities
Tuesday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m.
City Council Workshop
Tuesday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m.
The meetings will be held at City Hall, Council Chambers at 50 Natoma Street in Folsom. Visit the website to learn more, stay informed about future meeting dates, and sign up for email alerts. Residents may also comment on the General Plan through the Online Town Hall Forum at townhall.folsom2035.com.
For questions or comments on the Preliminary Public Review Draft General Plan, email GeneralPlan@folsom.ca.us or call 916-355-7222.