Folsom Planning Commission Recommends Specific Plan Amendment for Connector
Mather, Calif., July 22, 2014 â€“The Folsom Planning Commission at its meeting last Wednesday, July 16, recommended City Council adoption of a Folsom Plan Area Specific Plan amendment that supports implementation of the voter-approved Capital SouthEast Connector.
The 34-mile Connector will connect Interstate 5 south of Elk Grove to Highway 50 at the new Silva Valley Parkway interchange just east of El Dorado Hills. Its planned alignment in Folsom is along White Rock Road.
The specific plan amendment indicates that access to the Connector will be limited to signalized intersections at Empire Ranch Road, Scott Road, Oak Avenue and Prairie City Road, with a right in-right out at Placerville/Payen Road. It also anticipates that interchanges will be developed in the future at Empire Ranch Road, Scott Road and Prairie City Road.
City Council consideration of the specific plan amendment is expected in August.
Folsom is the second of the five Connector Joint Power Authority jurisdictions to seek a general plan or specific plan amendment that supports Connector implementation. The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors in May approved a Connector-related General Plan amendment. Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove and El Dorado County will follow.
â€œThe Planning Commissionâ€™s recommendation to adopt the specific plan amendment helps keep the momentum going toward construction,â€ said Tom Zlotkowski, executive director of the Connector JPA. â€œAs Folsom continues to grow it will see big transportation and economic-development benefits from the Connector and weâ€™re excited about moving forward there.â€
The Connectorâ€™s first phase, envisioned to be completed between 2019 and 2025 and estimated to cost $315 million, will include construction of a four-lane roadway over the entire 34-mile length, improved at-grade intersections, a continuous multi-use path, and right-of-way preservation for the projectâ€™s full build out.
The projectâ€™s second phase, which includes interchanges and two additional lanes in some segments, would be completed in future years.
The plan amendments in the JPA jurisdictions ensure consistent Connector design and implementation, and set the stage for more detailed planning and design during the environmental review of specific Connector segments.