To help increase development of vacant or underutilized sites in the unincorporated area, Sacramento County this year, updated the Infill Development Program that was originally adopted in 2010. Under this program, and in conjunction with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and the City of Sacramento, the County approved a home plan program where homes are designed by locally recognized architects and the plans are largely pre-approved by the Building Department.
“The Infill home plans are energy efficient, have great livability, are attractive, and builders don’t have to worry about the approval process,” said Judy Robinson, Infill Coordinator with the Community Development Department. “If someone is interested in buying the infill home plans, we have taken the steps to streamline the process for them.”
Home plans range from 1,260 sq. ft. to 1,670 sq. ft., and include garages. There are single and two story plans, each with options for layout and exterior design. The home designs are compatible with most of Sacramento County’s suburban neighborhoods and consistent with SMUD’s So-Smart Energy Efficient Home design. Plans are available with upgrades that can accommodate solar panels as a major energy source. The home plans also provide sustainable landscaping designs, each including at least one shade tree.
The pre-approved infill plans can save individuals and builders significant time and money, eliminating the need to create building plans or go through the County’s Design Review and Building Plan Review and approval process. Communities also benefit in multiple ways, from the creation of sustainable homes, the construction jobs created, and increased housing opportunities in established neighborhoods.
Residential infill benefits the environment by concentrating development on vacant and underutilized land in the urbanized areas of the county. These lots left undeveloped, often result in illegal dumping, but instead can be transformed into quality new homes. There has been a renewed interest by builders for Infill Home Plans and small vacant infill lots. These lots are desirable because sewer, water, sidewalks and other utility infrastructure is already available and the surrounding community already has the desired amenities, such as parks, schools and shopping. Quality Infill Projects have the potential to contribute to the revitalization of declining areas and helps increase surrounding property values and economic activity.
With SMUD, Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA) and the City of Sacramento partnering on plan production, the cost to purchase the plans from the architects are relatively low compared to typical costs for a custom home design. Plans can be viewed and purchased directly from the following architects: