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The on-again-off-again Century Palms development project is on once again, as the Sac County Project Review Committee is scheduled to hear the requests to vary from the Downtown Rio Linda Special Planning Area ordinance at a meeting on June 23, 2021.

Century Palms is the name of the project that intends to develop the nearly 8-acres of vacant property across two parcels on the southwest corner of the archway, at M Street and Rio Linda Boulevard, behind the Granite’s Drive-In.

The plan has been revised as the initial plan as filed in 2013 was for 7 buildings. Developers Carl and John Brothers of 414 L Street in Rio Linda now seek to construct eight buildings on the property, five of which are primarily street-facing commercial/retail use buildings, and three buildings totaling over 60,000 sq. ft. which would be for light industrial uses.

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The Downtown Rio Linda Special Planning area ordinance which was adopted over five years ago has these two parcels placed in the “Gateway” area, envisioned as a mixed-use area offering shopping, services, employment, and housing options. This zoning designation is intended to promote and create a commercial center around this gateway intersection to our community that offers goods and services for residential through-traffic as well as local pedestrians.

Typical uses for Commercial Mixed Use (CMU) zoning would be:

  • Medium-density single-family and multi-family residential uses, including small lot single-family homes; attached and detached townhomes, and garden apartments.
  • Medical, business, and professional offices
  • Grocery, specialty food, and health food stores
  • Pet and pet supplies
  • Pharmacies and drug stores
  • Retail stores, such as clothing, books, stationery, gifts
  • Beauty salons, health spas, and physical training centers
  • Restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops
  • Gasoline service stations

The developers are seeking some variances to the DRLSPA ordinance, such as:

  • “A Use Permit to allow light manufacturing, processing, and assembly uses on 7.87 gross acres in the Downtown Rio Linda Special Planning Area (DRLSPA) CMU (Commercial Mixed Use) zone district; within Buildings 6, 7, and 8 only.”
  • “A Special Development Permit to deviate from the development standards provided in the DRLSPA including maximum front and side street yard setbacks.”
  • “A design Review to comply with the DRLSPA and Countywide Design Guidelines.”

The project comes to the Sacramento County Project Review Committee on Wednesday June 23.

In compliance with directives of the County, State, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this meeting is closed to the public.

Members of the public are encouraged to submit public comments electronically by sending an email comment to BoardClerk@saccounty.net. Include meeting date and agenda item number or off-agenda item. Contact information is optional.

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