Owner/Client:      City of West Sacramento

Ascent is working with the City of West Sacramento to update the 1996 Washington Specific Plan. The Washington neighborhood is located along the eastern bank of the Sacramento River between the Tower Bridge and the I Street Bridge. The neighborhood features the city’s oldest buildings, a walkable commercial district, some of its most established residential neighborhoods, and tree-lined streets. The Washington area includes many of the city’s historic and cultural resources. This neighborhood district along the river and expanding transportation lines have great potential for Downtown area employment opportunities and new urban housing development.

Ascent’s plan update provides a more detailed land use and urban design framework, including objective design standards to preserve the character of historic neighborhoods while supporting new higher-density development along the Sacramento River. The Specific Plan incorporates a form-based approach that supports placemaking through public realm streetscape and landscape improvements, designed to define and create unique neighborhood places. The plan includes historic architectural guidelines, strategies for addressing parking needs, and an implementation strategy for achieving the vision for the Washington neighborhood. The Specific Plan includes strategies to enhance and activate the district’s mixed-use transit nodes while supporting public and recreational improvements to improve area residents’ quality of life.