The Auburn Bowman Community Plan lays out the vision of creating a healthy and sustainable community that maintains a balance between jobs, housing, and community space. Since the Plan's passage in 1994, population, housing, and job growth have outpaced development in the Auburn Bowman area. While the current Auburn Bowman Community Plan has the capacity for additional housing development, this development cannot currently be realized due to existing sewer and water infrastructure capacity.
The Auburn Bowman Community Plan Update will continue to implement the original Plan's vision by identifying critical infrastructure improvements needed to support the community envisioned housing supply, improving the clarity of the existing document, and supporting Placer County's efforts to remove implementation barriers to housing construction. To learn more about the Update's specific goals, see below.
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The Auburn Bowman Community Plan Update scope is split into three phases:
Auburn Bowman Community Plan Update Goals
Bowman Master Plan Goals
The Auburn Bowman Community Plan Update will build upon the following:
The Auburn Bowman Community Plan Update will build upon the Placer County Mobility and Infill Acceleration Study and the 2021-2029 Housing Element. Infill development will specifically be considered in SACOG's Green Means Go "green zones" and in the Housing Element's candidate rezone sites. Keep reading to learn more about these related projects.
Placer County 2021-2029 Housing Element
The 2021-2029 Housing Element Update was approved by the Board of Supervisors in May 2021 and affirmed by HCD in August 2021. Currently, Placer County does not have the capacity to meet its lower-income Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) and has a shortfall of 1,107 units. This shortfall will require the County to rezone at least 55.3 acres of selected sites to allow for additional multifamily development. Many of these candidate rezone sites are located in the Auburn Bowman area.
Placer County Sustainability Plan
The Placer County Sustainability Plan was adopted in January 2020. Its programs and policies aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower energy costs, reduce air and water pollution, build a green economy, and improve the health, safety, and quality of life for Placer County residents. Together with the Housing Element, both hope to generate new housing starts and encourage multimodal transportation. Future infill development in the Auburn Bowman area will plan to incorporate these goals. To learn more about the Sustainability Plan, please visit: https://www.placer.ca.gov/2927/Sustain-Placer
SACOG Green Means Go Program
Green Means Go is a multi-year program that aims to lower greenhouse gas emissions in the Sacramento region by accelerating infill development and reducing and electrifying vehicle trips. The program allocates funding toward "green zones," or areas identified for infill development. The Placer County Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution 2020-233 recognizing two green zones in the Auburn Bowman area - the Highway 49 corridor and the Bowman area. In June 2021, Placer County was awarded $337,000 to plan in these areas. To learn more about Green Means Go, please visit: https://www.sacog.org/greenmeansgo
Placer County Mobility and Infill Acceleration Study
The Placer County Mobility and Infill Acceleration Study (MIAS) will study high-leverage infill case study areas and evaluate Countywide infill opportunities that have high development potential along key transportation corridors. MIAS hopes to expand mobility options, create bike-friendly communities, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve the local economy, and increase infill opportunities. Many of the case study areas MIAS will be evaluating are located in the Auburn Bowman area.