An 18-month schedule of infrastructure and road improvements is starting south of Highway 50 for the new Folsom Ranch plan area—3,513 acres annexed into the City of Folsom in 2012. This spring and summer, construction activities will include infrastructure and safety improvements such as water, sewer, streets and utilities, plus temporary closures and detours of Placerville Road and Scott Road. An east-west connector will be built between those roads, eventually running parallel to Highway 50, similar to Iron Point Road to the north. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District will build a substation to serve the area with electrical power. Traffic safety and detour signs will be posted.
Planned in accordance with Measure W, a ballot measure passed by Folsom voters, land owners were required to secure an independent water supply for the plan area, provide transportation improvements to mitigate traffic impacts, preserve 30 percent of the land as natural open space, and allow for new schools—all at no cost to existing Folsom residents. The plan that met those requirements was adopted by the Folsom City Council in 2012.
The plan area was the subject of a visioning process instituted by the City with hundreds of residents at dozens of public hearings addressing a range of issues including land use, open space, transportation, and financing. Their recommendations resulted in scenarios reviewed by the Folsom City Council in 2005, which ultimately evolved into the design adopted in 2012.
Highlights of the plan area include 835 contiguous acres of oak woodlands, 120 acres of community parks, a vibrant town center, new homes, transit improvements to mitigate traffic impacts from the plan area, up to 8,000 high quality jobs, and a new high school, middle school and elementary schools.