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Placer County Government Center Master Plan Update

Create a balanced campus which positions the Placer County Government Center to more efficiently provide services to the community, to provide a vital and compelling work environment, and to support the area’s economic vitality.

The Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan (CFMP) has driven planning policy at the Placer County Government Center (PCGC) since its inception in 1993.  The plan delineated County and private land use areas across the 200-acre campus, providing direction for PCGC capital improvements since that time.
The CFMP also documented transitioning from County utilization of the WWII-era DeWitt General Hospital buildings to new, efficient structures that house County functions. The Finance and Administration Building, Community Development Resource Center, Auburn Justice Center, Juvenile Detention Center, additions to the Main Jail, and the new Animal Services Center are all buildings that will have been constructed in the last twenty-five years and have replaced many of the original hospital wings or antiquated support structures. Additionally, the Home Depot project, located at the PCGC, was developed as a direct result of the CFMP.
These contemporary buildings, having followed the CFMP and built to last for many years to come, have established a strong framework and foundation for future PCGC campus development.  The CFMP has surpassed its intended planning horizon (2011) and is in need of an update.

PCGC Master Plan Update - Project Scope

To fulfill this need, and building on the planning delineated in the CFMP, the PCGC Master Plan Update will establish a long-term vision and ongoing facilities planning guide, which the County intends to employ for capital improvement projects at the PCGC campus with a 20-year planning horizon.

The PCGC Master Plan Update will include a campus vision, development context and guiding principles, site and facilities assessment, facility utilization study, transportation and circulation planning, infrastructure and utilities planning, landscape and open space planning, an economic development study, site and facilities planning, zero net energy and water planning, a phasing and implementation plan, and a program level Environmental Impact Report (EIR) with potential project level components.  These plan elements provide a guide to implement priority facility and infrastructure projects over time.

In addition to the primary focus of future development of Placer County facility functions and supporting infrastructure at the government center, the PCGC Master Plan Update will evaluate the County’s Fulweiler Avenue services for a potential future relocation to the PCGC.  This consolidation of services concept is integral to the CFMP and will be evaluated as part of the PCGC Master Plan Update.

Another PCGC Master Plan Update focus is the evaluation and determination of County and private land use development zones at the campus.  County departmental assessments and facility utilization studies will yield anticipated County site and building needs into the future.  As County space requirements are determined at the campus, private development zones will also be evaluated and identified for potential future non-County functions.

In anticipation of the completion of the Programming for a potential new Health and Human Services building, the PCGC Master Plan Update is structured to allow for incorporation of that potential programming information into the master planning and EIR processes. Those processes will also allow for potential inclusion of other possible project level reviews.

Additionally, an area of focus for the PCGC Master Plan Update is evaluating and providing options for the approximately 73-year-old DeWitt General Hospital buildings at the government center.  A thorough review of all existing building assessments, development of County facility needs into the future, and developing an updated Cultural Resource study will provide background information to assist in generating master plan alternatives that address the historic considerations of the existing buildings at the campus.

PCGC Master Plan Update - Draft Strategic Vision and Appendix

Community Workshop Presentation Materials

Community Workshop #3 January 31, 2017

Community Workshop #2 August 24, 2016

Community Workshop #1 March 9, 2016

Campus Imagery

Master Plan Update Information

Master Plan Update Process

The PCGC Master Plan Update process is expected to take approximately 18 months to complete once initiated. This process is intended to address the larger questions associated with consolidation of the County departments at Fuilweiler Avenue to the PCGC, County-private land use area designations, and the DeWitt Hospital building uses before greater master plan detail is generated. It’s structured to assess conditions, develop guiding principles, obtain community feedback and develop site alternatives and a strategic vision by the end of 2016. A program-level EIR is then planned to start and continue through the following year, with completion anticipated sometime in 2017. During the EIR process, additional plan detail will be developed that will inform Final EIR and Master Plan Update documentation.

Spring - Fall 2016

The first project tasks will include establishing a vision for the master plan update and assessing PCGC campus conditions. County service and resource needs will be evaluated during this time to assist with establishing future area needs. Campus site, buildings, transportation, circulation and infrastructure will be assessed to provide foundational information for future tasks. Site development alternatives will be developed based on assessment findings and after community workshop feedback. Initial EIR studies will be started during this portion of the master plan update.

There are two community workshops planned during this period.

Fall 2016 - Winter 2017

Once direction has been provided by the Board on the information derived from the previous tasks, the Environmental Impact Report will commence. This program-level EIR may include project-level components that will parallel the master plan update project. During this time, additional master planning detail for more project facets will be generated and incorporated into the PCGC Master Plan Update and the EIR process.

There is one community workshop planned during this period.

Summer - Fall 2017

The final Master Plan Update documentation will be underway at this point and will coincide with proposed final reviews, findings and requested approvals associated with the EIR. Additional details, such as design guidelines, will continue to be incorporated into the PCGC Master Plan Update and the EIR process. The implementation plan task will be finalized during this time, including project phasing and cost modeling. Energy, water and carbon offset planning will be completed in this timeframe. Final PCGC Master Plan Update and Environmental Impact Report documentation is planned to be completed by the end of 2017.

There is one community workshop planned during this period.


For more information and to sign-up to receive announcements on the Placer County Government Center Master Plan Update, please contact Paul Breckenridge, Senior Architect, DPWF/Capital Improvements at or 530-889-6892.