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 Hours  Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
 Telephone  (916) 851-8750
 Fax  (916) 851-8762
 Address  City of Rancho Cordova 
 Planning Department 
 2729 Prospect Park Drive Rancho Cordova, CA 95670


The Planning Department is located on the 1st floor of the City Hall Building.

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Approval of the South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan

As the lead agency, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors at its September 11, 2018 meeting voted to adopt the South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan (SSHCP and related Aquatic Resources Program, and to certify the Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR). The SSHCP will streamline permitting processes for future development and infrastructure projects in much of south Sacramento County, including the area of Rancho Cordova south of Highway 50, while protecting habitat, open space and agriculture lands. The SSHCP and accompanying EIS/EIR and Aquatic Resources Program can be reviewed by visiting

Under federal and state Endangered Species Acts, proposed development and infrastructure projects covered by the South Sacramento HCP would be permitted locally. Under the related Aquatic Resources Program, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would implement an abbreviated federal Clean Water Act, Section 404 permitting process. The integration of endangered species and aquatic resource permitting into one local process would be the first of its kind under existing federal regulations.  

The South Sacramento HCP also will produce an interconnected regional preserve system, which will be more beneficial to species and habitat than the current piecemeal mitigation process. The South Sacramento HCP plan area encompasses 317,656 acres bordered by Highway 50 on the north, San Joaquin County on the south, El Dorado County and Amador County to the east and the Sacramento River to the west. It includes Galt and most of Rancho Cordova. Within the plan area, 36,282 acres will become part of an interconnected preserve system, including approximately 1,000 acres of vernal pool habitat. Twenty-eight plant and wildlife species, and their natural habitats, will be protected under the plan.

The South Sacramento HCP was developed through a multi-jurisdiction partnership that includes Sacramento County; the cities of Rancho Cordova and Galt; the Sacramento County Water Agency; the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District; and the Capital SouthEast Connector Joint Powers Authority. It will be managed by a joint powers authority called the South Sacramento Conservation Agency (SSCA) that includes Sacramento County, the City of Galt and the City of Rancho Cordova. Learn more at

Roles, Responsibilities and Activities

The Planning Department does a number of things to ensure a well planned, attractive and sustainable community, and to respond to the needs of the community, including:


  1. Development review: Reviewing planning applications for compliance with City standards and policies including Zoning, Specific Plans, and SPAs, and Design Guidelines
  2. Advance planning: Support for policy changes including General Plan updates
  3. Environmental review

These functions help us carry out our goals to create a positive community image that promotes community investment and enhancement in both new and existing neighborhoods, promoting bicycle, pedestrian and transit friendliness, becoming a regional

More Information about Pending Special Projects

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