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Employment opportunities with the city are always posted on the city's website, on the job line at 916-727-4900, and on the CalOpps resource. In addition, the city tends to advertise in the Sacramento Bee and may utilize other sources to target applicants in various fields.
Citrus Heights provides a competitive package of benefits for our employees.
An accessory dwelling unit, or commonly referred to as “ADU”, is a second permanent dwelling on the same property as a primary dwelling. ADUs provide complete independent living facilities for one or more persons, including permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation.
All properties with an existing or proposed residential dwelling may have an ADU. The ADU may be constructed prior to, at the same time or after the primary dwelling unit.
All residential properties are allowed to construct an ADU of at least 800 sf. In some cases, a larger unit up to 1,200 sf may be allowed. If you are considering more than 800 sf, contact the Planning Division at (916) 727-4740 for specifics on your property.
An attached ADU is a living unit that is either contained within the walls of the primary dwelling i.e. conversion of garage or bedroom, or is newly constructed and shares a common wall with the primary dwelling
Detached ADUs must have a minimum four foot side and rear yard setback. If the ADU is created through the conversion of space in an existing detached structure, i.e. garage, the existing setback may be maintained provided it is sufficient for fire safety.
Attached ADUs shall maintain a five foot side yard setback and a 20 foot rear yard setback. In some cases, the rear yard setback for attached units may be reduced to 10 ft. If your project requires a reduced rear yard setback, contact the Planning Division at (916) 727-4740 to see if your property qualifies.
There may be other factors such as easements that will increase the required setback. Additionally, it is not recommended to build right up to the setback line. Many times during construction if the structure appears too close to the setback, the property owner may be required to have the property surveyed during the inspection process. To find out if your property has easements that need to be considered, please refer to your property’s title report.
There is no maximum number of bedrooms provided the floorspace of the unit does not exceed the allowed size.
The floorspace of the ADU will include all areas accessed from within the unit. For example, if the unit has an attached garage that is accessible from within the ADU, the floorspace will include both the unit and the garage. If the garage is not accessible from within the ADU, the floorspace would only include the ADU.
The maximum height allowed for a detached ADU is 16 ft. If the ADU is attached to the primary home, the maximum allowed height is 30 ft.
If the ADU is above a detached building, such as a stand-alone garage, the maximum height allowed is 25 ft.
The unit does not have to be occupied by family. The ADU may be used for rental property but it may not be used for short-term rentals (less than 31 days).
A manufactured home may be used provided it meets the qualifications of Section 18007 of the Health and Safety Code.
A moveable living unit, or “tiny home” does not meet the city’s zoning regulations. Therefore, tiny homes may not be used as an ADU.
Additional parking, or replacement parking when converting a garage, is not required.
Yes, if it is a legal structure. However, it must meet current building and fire codes since it will be considered a change in use. To be considered an ADU, the unit must provide provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation.
Properties developed with a single-family residence may have one standard ADU (either attached or detached) and one Junior ADU.
A junior ADU (JADU) is existing space within a primary dwelling which is converted into an efficiency studio. To be considered a JADU, the following requirements must be met:
Separate service is not required but your utilities will need to be sized to meet the additional demand or load of the new ADU. Some properties may need to upgrade utilities for more capacity. You will need contact your specific service providers on capacity questions.
ADUs must meet energy code requirements including the provision to provide solar. There are exceptions for units which have certain amounts of shade cover.
For more information on energy requirements, visit the CA Energy Commission’s website or speak to a building professional.
If the primary dwelling has sprinklers, the ADU will be required to have sprinklers.
A building permit is required.
The building permit fee varies depending on the size of the unit and whether it is a conversion, new structure or manufactured unit. In addition to the building permit fees, some projects also pay impact fees. To encourage the development of ADUs, impact fees are waived for units 749 sq. ft. or less and units 750 sf and greater pay a reduced rate.
To obtain a fee quote, contact the Building Division at (916) 727-4760.
If the Assessor’s Office reappraises your property due to a change in ownership or new construction, you will be notified by mail of the new assessed value. This notification is known as a ‘Notice of Supplemental Assessment.’ Information on supplemental assessments is available on the Sacramento County Assessor’s Office webpage.
The Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail Project is a 2.9 mile proposed multi-use trail that largely follows an existing Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) electric transmission corridor. The trail will span between the Arcade Creek Park Preserve to the west and Wachtel Way to the east, crossing over Cripple Creek.
This project will provide connections to several community parks, schools, shopping centers, and neighborhoods along the corridor. This effort is part of the city’s overall goal to increase walkability, safety and provide improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists throughout a system of creekside trails, passive open space, and parks.
This project is a partnership between the City of Citrus Heights, Sunrise Recreation and Park District (SRPD), Orangevale Recreation and Park District (OVPD), San Juan Unified School District (SJUSD), Sacramento County, and SMUD.
As early as the 1970s, Sacramento County identified the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) corridor as a location for a pedestrian, bicycle, and equestrian trail. As property was subdivided along the SMUD corridor, pedestrian, bike, and equestrian easements were dedicated benefiting Sacramento County to allow for future trail installation. The City of Citrus Heights’ General Plan and Zoning Map identify this corridor as Open Space.
In 2014, the City approved the Creek Corridor Trail Project, a feasibility project that evaluated the potential for multi-use trails along the SMUD corridor and creek corridors. City Council directed staff to proceed with funding, design, environmental review and construction for the Priority 1 Trail Segments (including the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail).
In 2015, the City adopted a Bikeway Master Plan and General Plan Update which included the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail as a priority project. The area known as the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail is identified in the Sacramento County Bikeway Master Plan providing connectivity to the east of Wachtel Way and thru Citrus Heights.
In 2016, the City adopted a Pedestrian Master Plan which identified the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail as a priority project for the City.
In 2017, the City applied for and received grant funding from the state Active Transportation Program to build the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail (formerly known at time of grant application as the Electric Greenway).
In 2018, the City contracted with consulting firm, GHD, Inc., to lead the design of the project.
In 2022, the City awarded the construction contract to Central Valley Engineering & Asphalt, Inc. The City anticipates construction to being in Fall 2022.
The Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail Project is part of a larger trail within the City of Citrus Heights. The City’s General Plan, Bikeway Master Plan, and Pedestrian Master Plan depict a trail along Arcade Creek from Wachtel Way to Van Maren Lane (near Sylvan Library).
Outside the City of Citrus Heights, Sacramento County’s Bikeway Master Plan anticipates additional trail construction east of Citrus Heights towards the American River trail. The Sacramento County Bikeway Master Plan is available here: http://www.sacdot.com/Documents/A%20to%20Z%20Folder/Bikeways/SCBMP_North_Wallmap_Rev4.pdf (Note: this is a very large file and may take several minutes to download depending on connection speeds.)
In addition, the City of Roseville’s Dry Creek Greenway project terminates near the northeast corner of the City of Citrus Heights near Old Auburn Road and South Cirby Way (See Map). The Dry Creek Greenway connects to the west through downtown Roseville, under Interstate 80 and ending at Cook Riolo Road and further west in Placer County.
Further, a 60- mile regional vision was established connecting south Placer County and North Sacramento County to other regional trails via the Dry Creek Greenway. This regional effort proposes connecting this area to the American River Parkway in Folsom as well as the Ueda parkway in Sacramento County. The Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail plays an important role in the connecting the City of Citrus Heights to the broader regional trail vision.
Yes, a pedestrian activated traffic signal is planned at the trail crossing of Fair Oaks Boulevard.
Properties are assessed based on many factors, including the presence of any easements. When an easement is located on private property, the land still belongs to the property owner but certain restrictions and requirements are applied to the easement area. These restrictions and requirements are taken into consideration when the property is assessed, whether the easement is in use or not. Because the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail Project is proposed within existing easements, there will be no change to assessed property values or taxes.
An easement is a property interest that allows use of a portion of a property by someone other than the property owner. The majority of the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail Project’s alignment is located within existing public park lands and public right-of-way. However, portions of the trail are located within existing pedestrian and bikeway easements on private property.
The presence and location of easements can be found on the recorded subdivision maps and assessor’s parcel maps. Easements are also typically listed on title reports which are provided to property owners upon purchase of a property.
The various sections of the trail will be maintained by the public entities responsible for that portion of property. This includes the City of Citrus Heights, County of Sacramento, Sunrise Recreation and Park District and Orangevale Recreation and Park District. After the trail is built and during construction, individual private property owners would not be responsible for maintenance of the trail or areas within the existing easements.
The minimum lot size for animal keeping is 10,000 square feet. This is based on gross square footage of the lot. The trail easement would not be deducted for the purposes of calculating minimum lot size for animal keeping or any other use that requires a minimum lot size.
The project will take into consideration the existing alignments of fence placement along the easements. It is the intent of the City and the Park Districts to construct the width of the trail only as wide as necessary to safely and adequately accommodate users, and to be consistent with standard practices. The final location of fences will be determined based on existing topography, trail alignment alternatives, existing tree/vegetation locations, and sight distance requirements to name a few.
If a privately owned fence needs to be relocated as a part of this project, the project will pay for the removal and relocation/replacement of the fence. If a privately owned fence needs replacement, but is not impacted by the project, it will continue to be the owner’s responsibility to replace the fence, at their own cost. (Also, see question #24).
In general, if new or relocated fencing is required as part of the project, the project will pay for the associated construction. Fencing height, type, materials and locations have yet to be determined. Once the fencing needs and locations have been determined, the height, type and material options will be explored and shared with the public at that time.
In general, fence maintenance will be the responsibility of the property owners as they are located on private property and are there to serve the residential property and not the open space, park or trail. However, because the proposed trail will be spanning multiple jurisdictions, parks and easements, the project will continue to evaluate this concern and we will provide further information.
Vandalism and property damage along the trail will be enforced using existing Criminal and Civil statutes that are already in practice for all other areas of private property.
California Government Code § 831.4 (2017) provides for broad and absolute immunity to public entities for liability for injuries caused by a physical defect of a trail used for hiking, riding or access to recreational or scenic areas. The immunity applies to the public entity and the grantor of the easement. For the Electric Greenway Trail, the grantor of the easement is the private property owner. Thereof the landowner is protected if the conditions of 831.4 are satisfied:
CA Govt Code § 831.4 (2017) - A public entity, public employee, or a grantor of a public easement to a public entity for any of the following purposes, is not liable for an injury caused by a condition of:
(a) Any unpaved road which provides access to fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, riding, including animal and all types of vehicular riding, water sports, recreational or scenic areas and which is not a (1) city street or highway or (2) county, state or federal highway or (3) public street or highway of a joint highway district, boulevard district, bridge and highway district or similar district formed for the improvement or building of public streets or highways.
(b) Any trail used for the above purposes.
(c) Any paved trail, walkway, path, or sidewalk on an easement of way which has been granted to a public entity, which easement provides access to any unimproved property, so long as such public entity shall reasonably attempt to provide adequate warnings of the existence of any condition of the paved trail, walkway, path, or sidewalk which constitutes a hazard to health or safety. Warnings required by this subdivision shall only be required where pathways are paved, and such requirement shall not be construed to be a standard of care for any unpaved pathways or roads.
Per CA Government Code § 831.4 (2017), the Trail Immunity does provide broad form indemnification as it relates to recreational trails along public property and easements for public use. However, property owners may want to check with their insurance companies regarding this as everyone’s policy and carrier is different.
Some property owners have made use of the hiking, equestrian and bikeway easement for vehicular access to their rear yards, however the easement was not dedicated for this purpose and has not been sanctioned or permitted by the City. Due to safety concerns regarding vehicular access mixing with future trail users, the City will begin prohibiting vehicular access to the trail easement prior to commencement of construction beginning in the spring of 2021. Enforcement of the vehicle access prohibition will not begin in early 2021 with the exact date to be determined once the construction schedule has been confirmed.
Owners that currently utilize the public easement for vehicular access to the rear of their property should make arrangements to remove vehicles necessitating easement access by early 2021.
The city has worked to improve walking and biking conditions throughout the city since incorporation. Recent outreach affiliated with the Creek Corridor Trail Project, Pedestrian Master Plan, and Bikeway Master Plan indicates that many people are interested in active transportation (walking, biking, etc.) but are concerned with the potential conflict with motor vehicles. The majority of respondents indicated they would be more willing to use active transportation if they were physically separated from vehicles. Further, residents responded they were more willing to walk if they had safe access to key destinations (such as parks, shopping/entertainment, and schools).
The Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail Project provides an off-street route for residents to access key destinations throughout the city including the Sunrise MarketPlace, numerous parks, schools and other desirable locations
The police department is not aware of any safety issues that would be present along the trail that will connect between Villa Oak Drive and the Olivine Open Space. Although the distance between access points may be greater in this area than in other areas, it is not an enclosed area which would still allow for someone to summon help or escape, if needed.
The existing corridor following the proposed trail alignment is located between rear yard fences for some of the trail route. This area is typically a minimum of 25’ wide but varies along the route. In a few places (for example between Villa Oak Drive and Wachtel Way), fences have been constructed encroaching into and blocking the easement creating a dead end along this corridor. This existing dead end limits the capabilities of emergency responders to access the easement from only one direction.
The existing unimproved condition of the corridor (presence of overgrown vegetation, lack of legitimate trail users along this corridor, and the dead end) creates a potential opportunity for criminal activity to occur due to the limited visibility of this area.
As part of the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail Project, the existing corridor will be improved by:
In August of 1983, a lawsuit was settled between the County of Sacramento and various property owners along a portion of the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail Project alignment. The lawsuit pertained to property rights through three separate subdivisions answering the question of whether or not the County owns a hiking, equestrian and bikeway easement over various properties. Ultimately, the judgment of the court was that the there is an easement over two of the three subdivisions including Sunrise Farms No. 2, and Farmette Hills. There is no easement over the properties developed as part of Sunrise Farms.
Please see exhibit A showing the location of the three subdivisions here.
Copies of recorded subdivision maps exhibit B can be found here.
Copies of recorded subdivision maps (with easement locations highlighted) exhibit C can be found here.
A copy of the court judgement exhibit D summarizing the lawsuit findings can be found here.
Per California law code (Government Code 831.4, and Civil Code 846), private property owners are removed from liability to entrants on the land for recreational purposes (with a few exceptions).
In order to minimize disturbance outside of the limits of the trail corridor, the trail profile is proposing to maintain the existing ground elevations to the maximum extent possible while meeting ADA compliant design criteria. With this approach, the project will maintain existing drainage patterns and watershed boundaries to the maximum extent practical. The paving of the trail will increase the impervious surface; however, the project will provide positive drainage throughout the trail system and provide various drainage improvements as needed to ensure there is no increased runoff. Some examples of potential drainage solutions would be bioretention swales, ditches, water quality basins, and other drainage features that comply with Stormwater Low Impact Development and/or Best Management Practices.
In summary, stormwater will flow in similar patterns and directions as it does today. Engineered water quality features will be installed to offset the increased stormwater blocked by the trails new pavement areas for a net-neutral impact to the area’s stormwater patterns.
If you have stormwater damage or existing flooding issues, please contact the City to discuss options for your specific property.
For trails of this nature, users are typically residents living within walking or biking distance of the trail. Tempo Community Park and C-bar-C Park both provide surface parking for people driving to the parks to use the trail. The project will utilize the existing parking provided at the various park properties and on-street parking (where it is provided/allowed today). Off of Wachtel Way, near the Woodside Oaks/Olivine Open Space, there is a potential area for some parking on the west side of the roadway. This is currently being evaluated as part of the project, but construction is dependent on available funding. On-street parking is available along many of the trail crossing points including Streng Avenue and Villa Oak Drive.
The proposed facility is a 10-foot wide shared use path that, per the approved grant, is proposed to be paved with asphalt. There will also be 2-foot wide shoulders on either side of the paved path that will consist of a pervious material like decomposed granite or similar. In the 25’ easement between Claypool and Olivine, the remaining 11-feet will be left with native materials. The trail does not provide separate accommodations for equestrian specific use. Equestrians are able to utilize the paved trail, decomposed granite, or the native material.
The Creek Corridor Trail Feasibility Study can be found on the city’s web site by searching the document name or at the following web address http://www.citrusheights.net/documentcenter/view/1670.
Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. To encourage this, the project will place waste stations/receptacles in key locations along the trail to encourage responsible pet ownership practices.
The Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail Project will receive no direct General Funds. The project is funded primarily through grant funds, with an approximate 10-12% match coming from local transportation funds.
Along the almost 3-mile long Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail Project alignment, there are a total of 629 trees (in both Citrus Heights and Orangevale) within the immediate vicinity of the trail. The overall goal of the project is to preserve as many trees as possible as trees, among other benefits, help to ensure a shaded trail for all to enjoy. However, many trees will require removal due to their existing poor condition. In addition, other trees will be pruned under the direction of arborists to help preserve and maintain safe walking and biking clearances. Finally, some trees will require removal due to trail construction.
As part of the overall project, some trees will require pruning. Pruning will remove specific branches or stems in an effort to benefit the health of the entire tree. Removal of dead, damaged and diseased branches prevents insect and other non-beneficial organisms from entering the tree. Thinning a dense canopy on a tree will increase air and sunlight, providing increased health and resulting in fewer tree disease problems. Pruning trees also helps them grow and mature in a healthy way in an effort to preserve the trees as long as possible.
Removal of Dead or Dying Trees:
Unfortunately, numerous trees along the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail Project alignmnt have died or are diseased beyond recovery requiring removal for safety purposes. Some dead trees will be removed, others will remain in place as part of the natural environment and Eco-system.
Removal of Trees for Trail Construction:
During the preliminary engineering and environmental review phase of the project, the City utilized conservative estimates to determine the potential for trees to be removed as part of the project. The purpose of this approach is to allow flexibility in the trail alignment during design. Although this seems counterintuitive, assuming the worst case scenario allows the city the ability to minimize the environmental impact. By assuming the worst case scenario, the design team is able to fine-tune the trail alignment and design without setting constraints during the conceptual phase. The ability to meander the trail from the concept allows for the flexibility to develop the best design, using detailed information and minimize tree impacts.
At the time of the environmental document and conceptual design, a total of 302 trees were identified to be removed as a result of the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail Project. As part of the 95% design plans, that number has been reduced to 80 protected trees and 41 non-protected trees; a 60% reduction in the original tree removal quantity. In addition, the design team is working to develop design details to reduce that number even further.
As illustrated below, the environmental document for the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail Project assumed a wide area of removal; whereas, in actuality, the trail will meander or utilize other design approaches to greatly reduce tree impacts.
The images below illustrate design techniques that will enable preservation of nearby trees. The use of small retaining walls, meandering trail alignment, and narrowing short stretches of trail are examples of opportunities the city is considering during final design.
Any work conducted within the dripline of any tree to remain will be monitored by an arborist to ensure best-practicesare followed to minimize the impact of construction on these trees.
The project goal is to preserve as many trees as possible. Any trees that are removed will require replacement trees to offset the impact of the project. Replacement trees will be planted along the trail corridor and nearby parks as mitigation. Trees planted as part of mitigation are required to be monitored by an arborist for three years following installation to ensure they are able to thrive.
One goal of the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail Project is to avoid removing or impacting trees as much as possible. In cases where trees are removed for the project, the project will be responsible to mitigate the loss of protected trees.
As the Trail alignment primarily follows an overhead electric transmission corridor, the City and SMUD are working together to select tree species that meet the needs of the parks and trail, but also meet SMUD’s safety goals to protect power lines and reduce wildfire impacts. See SMUD’s website for additional information: https://www.smud.org/en/Corporate/Environmental-Leadership/Protecting-Trees-and-Power-Lines
Separate from the Trail Project, the City will be working with SMUD to evaluate trees along the SMUD corridor which are unhealthy or impacted by utilities that should be removed to eliminate other hazards or further utility conflicts.
Various security measures are currently being evaluated through the alternative development and evaluation process. Some of those security measures include lighting, open sight distances, fencing, landscaping (or purposeful lack thereof), and more. If you feel there are particular areas along this alignment that should have security measures installed, please email email@example.com .
The Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail Project is primarily funded through an Active Transportation Program (ATP) grant. Money received through this grant program can only be spent on projects that increase the number of people biking and walking, increase safety for non-motorized users and enhance public health. ATP funds cannot be used to repair or resurface vehicular roadways.
The construction contract was awarded at the August 11, 2022 City Council Meeting. The City anticipates construction to commence in Fall 2022.
The trail will be designed to handle maintenance and emergency vehicles on the 10 foot wide paved section. The street entrances to the trail will have locked and removable bollards.
The Citrus Heights Police Department currently has a supplemental services contract with Sunrise Recreation and Park District. The contract enables Citrus Heights Police Department officers to work in all of the parks within the city limits. Once the trail is complete, officers will also patrol the trail in cars and on bicycles. These patrols will be in addition to the normal patrol checks and park checks that occur on a regular basis. Orangevale Recreation and Park District has a service contract with the Fulton-El Camino Recreation and Park District’s Police Division which provides park and trail patrols.
Police will continue to provide exceptional police services to all areas along the trail alignment. If you see something, say something. Although not expected, if there is crime that occurs along the trail, the two police departments will utilize the data to effectively and efficiently deploy resources to locations that need it the most.
The Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail is a high priority project for the City of Citrus Heights, Sunrise Recreation and Park District, and Orangevale Recreation and Park District. The project is identified in the City’s long term planning documents as a priority project in the General Plan, Bikeway Master Plan, and Pedestrian Master Plan.
Lighting will be installed as part of the project. LED lighting fixtures will be installed along the trail where lighting does not already exist. Some developed park areas are currently served by SMUD lighting, which will remain.
In general, the homeless population prefers to be in areas that are hidden from public view. Currently, portions of the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail corridor are overgrown or otherwise not visible to the general public which can result in homeless camps or other related activities. The construction of the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail will reduce overgrown vegetation and introduce legitimate trail users to the corridor which will discourage homeless activity. In addition, by improving the trail the Citrus Heights Police Department, Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, and the Fulton-El Camino Recreation and Park District’s Police Division will have improved access to the corridor allowing regular patrols and improved ability to respond.
In 2013, Sunrise Recreation and Park District constructed the Arcade Creek Park Preserve including a 1/3 mile multi-use trail. The park was constructed on land that was formerly overgrown and heavily used by the homeless population. As part of the construction of the project, the overgrown areas were cleaned up and legitimate trail and park users introduced to the park. As a result, the homeless population moved away from the park and the park continues to be heavily used by families, trail users and children.
The existing bridge within Sundance Natural Area was constructed in the late 90’s and as such does not meet current Americans with Disability Act (ADA) standards. Additionally, over the past decade FEMA floodway mapping and floodway design standards have been updated and the existing bridge no longer meets these requirements. We are also very cognizant of the environment and want to develop a design that meets ADA and Floodway parameters, while minimizing impacts to the natural environment. Each of these items is discussed in detail below.
The rock slope protection (aka rip-rap or rocks) will be installed to protect the creek bank and new bridge from scour and erosion.
The trail will remain open till 10PM for those who are actively using the trail to travel to and from their homes. Actively using the trail is defined as walking, running, bicycling or other approved modes of transportation. Park hours will continue to remain from dawn to dusk.
In order to provide a safe crossing, a pedestrian activated traffic signal across Fair Oaks Boulevard is recommended. The signal will be activated and stop vehicles on Fair Oaks Blvd only when needed, minimizing delays and impacts to the operations along the Fair Oaks Boulevard arterial.
Please contact the Citrus Heights General Services Department at (916) 727-4770 or email the project at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An interactive map is available on the project webpage.
Document last updated September 8, 2022.
Design on Phase II (Grand Oaks Boulevard to Whyte Avenue) began in early 2015. Construction on this phase is anticipated to begin in Fiscal Year 2022/2023.
The city has created a website for the project. The website will be updated with information on the construction progress. In addition, you can sign up for project updates through Notify Me. Notifications will be sent via email to keep you informed.
While each project constructed in the city is addressed on a case by case basis, the City's desires to minimize impacts to businesses during construction by working directly with the businesses as well as the contractor to address these concerns. At this time, there is no construction scheduled in the immediate future for Auburn Boulevard, therefore, there are no impacts to businesses.
Yes. If you are doing work in Citrus Heights, you must obtain a general business license. If you do not have a valid contractor's license issued by the state, you must also obtain a special business license.
Visit the Business Licenses page.
There is always a Community Center Staff member on-site throughout your event should you have any questions. This is at no additional cost, to the renter, for the event attendant, it is a service the Community Center provides to their clients.
As the top appointed official in the city, the City Manager supervises city departments and provides administrative and legislative/policy support to the City Council.
If you need to contact the City Manager, you may email him at: CityManager@citrusheights.net.
Situations that pose a serious risk to health and safety are given top priority; others are pursued in the order in which they are received. For all types of code complaints, the first step is personal contact by a Code Enforcement Officer to ascertain if a code violation exists, and to request remediation. If the individual responsible for the situation is not available, or is unwilling to correct the code violation in a timely manner, a notice of violation or a citation may be issued. The individual has ignored previous notices / citations. In many cases the individual responsible for the code violation is given the opportunity to voluntarily correct the situation and comply with current codes without a penalty. If the correction is not made in reasonable time the individual may be subject to fines and other penalties.
The parking of a motor vehicle used for commercial or industrial purposes and rated more than one ton capacity and trailers used for commercial or industrial purposes shall not be parked or stored in any residential zone except when loading, unloading, or rendering service. (CHMC §106.36.030E)
In cases where compliance is not gained, an official Notice to Abate letter is sent via certified mail to the property owner, warning of monetary penalties in the form of both fees and administrative citations. These fees and fines are issued if the violations are not corrected by the official re-inspection date specified on the notice.
If you have filed a complaint and do not see any changes, please keep in mind that this process allows the residents of Citrus Heights between 10 and 20 days to bring their property into compliance before monetary penalties are issued.
You are always welcomed to contact the Code Enforcement Unit at (916) 725-2845 to check the status of any service request.
Here is the link to the Rental Housing Inspection Program.
For additional questions email RHIP@citrusheigths.net or call (916) 727-5520
Among several reasons:
The city of Citrus Heights has been a proud partner with the Sacramento Area Creeks Council since 2003. For more information visit http://saccreeks.org/ or www.creekweek.net
Volunteers can register by calling Sunrise Parks and Recreation District at 916-725-1015 or online at www.creekweek.net
The Sunrise MarketPlace is a business improvement district composed of 70 property owners and more than 500 businesses located in a 10-block area around Sunrise Boulevard and Greenback Lane. Information for the Sunrise MarketPlace can be obtained by calling 916-536-9267.
The City's AB1600 Annual Report is located here.
The Annual Comprehensive Financial Report is located here.
The Budget and CIP is located here.
You can access it here, or by going to the IRS website.
Business License information can be found on the planning departments webpage here.
State law requires the city to maintain certain health and safety standards in housing property. Fees collected are used to fund the program that responds to the violation of these standards. See the Housing Stock Fee page for more information.
For information regarding the State Controller's Government Compensation in California, click here.
Please email your inquiry or request for payoff demand to email@example.com
Certificate of Nuisance Liens may be from the City of Citrus Heights regarding Code Enforcement activity on a property. Please email the payment demand, a copy of the Certificate of Nuisance, property address, APN, name of owner(s), and the title company (OR) responsible party contact name/email/phone number to the Finance Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI), including responses that no criminal record exists, are confidential. Sections 11142 and 11143 of the Penal Code provide for criminal penalties for the release of this information to unauthorized individuals.
Article I, Section 1 of the California Constitution grants California citizens an absolute right to privacy. Individuals or agencies violating these privacy rights place themselves at both criminal and civil liability. The California right of privacy was created to curb, among other things, the over broad collection and retention of personal information by government agencies, the improper use of information properly obtained for a proper purpose, and the lack of a reasonable check on the accuracy of existing records. (White v. Davis (1975) 13 Cal.3d 75, 775.)
CORI shall be accessible only to the records custodian and/or hiring authority charged with determining the suitability for employment or licensing of an applicant. The information received shall be used by the requesting agency solely for the purpose for which it was requested and shall not be reproduced for secondary dissemination to any other employing or licensing agency.
The retention and sharing of information between employing and licensing agencies are strictly prohibited. The retention and sharing of information infringe upon the right of privacy and fails to meet the compelling state interest defined in Loder v. Municipal Court (1976) 17 Cal.3d 859. In addition, maintenance of redundant information separate from the information maintained by the California Department of Justice (DOJ) avoids the updates and makes it for DOJ to control dissemination of CORI as outlined in section 11105 of the Penal Code.
Service requests can be made to report problems to the City for road conditions, street light outage, stray shopping carts and more!
Service Requests | Citrus Heights, CA - Official Website
Every public street within the City is swept once per month. Arterial streets are swept twice per month. During heavy leaf-drop season (November through January), every street is swept twice. See the Street Sweeping | Citrus Heights, CA - Official Website to see which week the street sweeper is in your area.
Stop signs may be installed after stop sign warrants are met for a particular intersection. Stop sign warrants are based on traffic volumes, visibility, and the accident rate. Many people believe stop signs are the answer to controlling speeding along streets. The Caltrans traffic manual states that stop signs are not to be used as a speed control device, but to identify who has the right-of-way at an intersection.
Studies have shown that when unwarranted stop signs are installed along a road, motorists soon realize that the stop signs are unnecessary and begin to run the stop sign. This behavior could lead to an accident. Also, motorists tend to speed up after an unwarranted stop sign because they are frustrated by having to stop or slow for what they feel is an unnecessary stop sign. In many cases, measured speeds have been higher between stop signs than before the signs were installed.
Requests for transportation safety improvements may be made using the Multi Modal Transportation Safety Program. Visit Multi Modal Transportation Safety Program (MMTSP) | Citrus Heights, CA - Official Website for more information.
Requests for traffic sign maintenance can be requested through the Service Requests | Citrus Heights, CA - Official Website.
The City has developed the Multi Modal Transportation Safety Program (MMSTP) to evaluate traffic problems and develop strategies to improve traffic conditions in residential areas. Please call 916-727-4770, or use the city’s MMTSP Reporting Form to report your concerns.
Studies show that a high percentage of neighborhood speeding is caused by people who live within the area. The police department will respond to reports of specific problem drivers. In such cases, please call the police traffic hotline at 916-727-5525, or submit a Online Reporting | Citrus Heights, CA - Official Website directly to the department. The traffic engineering staff members work closely with the police and fire departments to develop area-wide plans.
Call Republic Services at 916-725-9060 before 1:00 PM to request a same-day return service visit. Every effort will be made to collect the missed pick-up on the same day. Requests received after 1:00 PM, will be serviced by the next work day. Return service requests for Friday missed pick-ups may have to wait until Monday for collection since weekend service is not provided in Citrus Heights.
Missed pick-ups may also be reported here: Garbage, Recycling & Green Waste Collection Schedules | Citrus Heights, CA - Official Website using the "need help" icon.
The City is divided into 11 neighborhood areas. Each area includes the people who live and work within the boundaries. Neighborhood leaders within these areas work together to improve the quality of life for their fellow community members. Please use the neighborhood map to see the area in which you work or live. Please see the REACH and individual neighborhood association pages for specific contact and meeting information.
The City provides sandbags for CITRUS HEIGHTS RESIDENTS ONLY. Please bring proof of residency, such as driver’s license or utility bill showing you live in Citrus Heights. If you do not live in Citrus Heights, please contact your local agency (City of Roseville, Sacramento County, Placer County, etc.) for sandbag information.
The City can provide limited, unfilled sandbags to our residents through the General Services Department. Residents may come to City Hall at 6360 Fountain Square Drive during normal business hours (M-F, 8-5), provide proper identification showing Citrus Heights residency, and staff will provide a limited number of empty sandbags to be self-filled at the following the locations:
Residents must bring their own shovels to the sand pile locations. See more information about Be Storm Ready & Disaster Preparedness | Citrus Heights, CA - Official Website.
Through the City of Citrus Heights website: Service Requests | Citrus Heights, CA - Official Website
Through the SeeClickFix app:
Call Citrus Heights General Services Department at 916-727-4770 to report potholes.
Email the General Services Department at email@example.com
Please report potholes in Sacramento County by calling 3-1-1 or 916-875-4311, or use their webpage www.311.saccounty.net
Location (intersection or address)
Specifics – bike lane, center line, corner at stop sign, left turn pocket, etc.
Provide pothole size – small, medium, large or dimensions – 12x12, depth, etc.
Take a picture or geocode it with SeeClickFix
Weight – heavy vehicles and frequent traffic deteriorate pavement
Water – water seeps into cracks, loosening asphalt
Weather – wet and cold weather weaken roads further
Find out more about our Pavement Maintenance Program | Citrus Heights, CA - Official Website and Residential Street Resurfacing | Citrus Heights, CA - Official Website
FIX IT FACTS –
Hot asphalt can’t be applied in cold, wet weather – hot asphalt requires temps to be 50 degrees or higher
Cold patch won’t compact as tightly as hot asphalt and may loosen again, especially when wet
Mill and fill removes existing surface layers, usually in larger sections than the pothole, and refills the area with new asphalt for 7-10 year life span
Find out more about our Pavement Maintenance Program | Citrus Heights, CA - Official Website and Residential Street Resurfacing | Citrus Heights, CA - Official Website
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Senate Bill 1383 is a statewide organic waste recycling mandate which was passed in 2016 and is intended to divert short-lived climate pollutants from landfills, reducing organic waste, food waste, and greenhouse gas emissions. You can view the legislation text here.
Landfill gas created by decomposing organic waste is a significant source of overall greenhouse gas emissions. This law helps California achieve its aggressive recycling and greenhouse gas emission goals and address climate change by reducing materials in the landfill which produce gas.
Despite the state’s robust and traditional recycling infrastructure, organic materials (yard trimmings, food scraps and soiled paper) make up about half of the State’s waste stream, and food waste is the largest single waste stream in California. Redirecting these resources to composting and digesting operations will save landfill space, generate energy, reduce emissions, and restore soi
The law affects all California residents, including those in single - and multi-family homes, commercial entities, and schools. The City has launched its organics recycling program for residents. Education and outreach will be provided to Citrus Heights residents on an ongoing basis.
Organic waste is the food, food scraps, food-soiled paper AND yard waste that is being collected and recycled.
Organic food often refers to food that is grown without the use of herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers, or bioengineered genes (GMOs). Organic waste is the food, food scraps, food-soiled paper AND yard waste that will be collected and recycled.
Food waste is the food, food scraps and food-soiled paper intended to be disposed of. We can recycle that material to create fuel, energy and compost. Compost is organic material that can be added to soil to help plants grow. “Backyard Composting” is the process of creating compost by placing materials in open piles outside, mixing them and allow the process to turn organic waste into compost material.
Residents will dispose of all organic waste in their green waste cart, which was formerly only used for yard waste, instead of the garbage cart. Organic waste refers to food waste (including vegetable and fruit scraps, eggshells, meat, dairy, bones, and rotting food), food-soiled paper, (including pizza boxes, coffee filters, and paper napkins) and yard trimmings. Residents who do not currently have a green yard waste cart should call Republic Service at 916-638-9000 or 916-725-9060 to order a green waste cart at no additional charge.
Your can view the collection schedules using our online calendar. Type in your service address to view your schedule and sign up for text and email reminders.
Free counter top pails holds 1.9 gallons of organic waste and were delivered in July. If you did not receive a kitchen counter top pail, please contact Republic Services at 916-725-9060.
We recommend lining your indoor organic waste cart with newspaper or paper bags. You can also use liners; however, the liners do need to have a logo indicating they are compostable similar to these:
Paper bags and BPI certified compostable bags or liners may be used to contain and deposit food waste inside the green Organic Waste carts. It also remains acceptable to deposit organics loosely in the cart. We recommend lining your indoor organic waste cart with newspaper or paper bags. You can also use liners; however, the liners do need to have a logo indicating they are compostable. They might look like this:
No. Residential customers are not required to use a bag for your food waste, but if you do, it must meet the ASTM D6400 standard for compostability. Liners will have a logo indicating they are compostable. They might look something like this:
If you do not know if a plastic bag is compostable, throw it out in the regular garbage! It is still acceptable to deposit organic waste directly into the cart.
Food waste may be put directly into Organics Waste carts or can be stored in kitchen pails, paper bags and BPI certified compostable bags or liners and then deposited directly to Organic Waste cart.
Best practice tip: Many people add food scraps to a non-compostable plastic bag, paper bag or other container and store the food scraps in the freezer until they are ready to dump them directly into the organics cart on their pick up day. This is a great option that costs virtually nothing, and you can reuse containers or plastic bags you already have on hand.
Do not put non-compostable bags in the green organics cart.
Weekly collection service means most residents will no longer need an extra green cart. In addition, from November through January, residents can place up to 6 bags of leaves out (35 lbs limit) on collection day for free.
If you choose to keep two or more green carts you will be charged a $14/month fee for the second cart and any thereafter. If you intend to reduce your number and/or size of carts for weekly collection, you must contact Republic Services Customer Service at 916-725-9060.
If you are in an HOA, your residential organization leadership may be working with Republic Services to determine if or how many green Organic Waste carts are necessary for your complex.
All single-family homes will be charged for this service whether the use their Organics Cart or not. If you need to order a green Organic Waste cart, please contact Republic Services at
This is a statewide mandate and there are no waivers granted for individual residents.
Business owners seeking a commercial exemption who do not generate organic waste can apply here.
Residents who do not have a green waste cart are not exempt from SB 1383, as all residents will be required to subscribe to organics collection service in order to comply with the law.
All residents must have access to an organic waste cart to comply with the law. Multi-family residences (such as apartment complexes) will be provided with carts for their properties. The City and Republic Services will assess space concerns on a case-by-case basis to ensure all properties are in compliance with state regulations.
Under SB 1383, we are not able to offer exemptions to customers who compost their food waste or who generate minimal food waste. However, Republic Services will provide free kitchen counter top pails to customers, along with food waste workshops and information about composting.
Click here to see our Calendar of Events
We do not currently offer the option to self-haul food waste. Residents must be provided with organic waste collection service to comply with SB 1383.
There are no special rates currently offered for this service.
If the takeout container is “SHINY”, it is most likely trash. We cannot take food soiled paper that has lining, or wax included.
Only paper-based food soiled items (no lining or wax) can go into the green Organic Waste cart. Even if it says compostable plastic spoon/fork, it does not meet our criteria for organics recycling.
You do not have to change your garbage disposal habits. However, it is better for the water quality and environment to dispose of food waste using your green Organic Waste cart to divert food products going to the water treatment plant. Best Practice: Reduce first, then Reuse, then Recycle.
FOGs may be placed in a leak proof container and deposited in the regular garbage cart. Alternately, the container for food related fats, oils & grease may also be dropped off at the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility at the North Area Recovery Station. For more info, visit: Stop the Clog - Sacramento Area Sewer District (sacsewer.com)
Used motor oil is not considered a FOG and Republic Services collects motor oil under specific circumstances. Please see our Programs & Services | Citrus Heights, CA - Official Website for more information.
Keurig and other instant coffee pods must be deposited into the trash.
The organic waste will be taken to a composting facility in California to be composted and turned in to soil amendment, which can be used for farming and other agricultural uses.
Republic Services currently provides compost for Citrus Heights residents to pick up from the Republic Services transfer station at 8642 Elder Creek Road in Sacramento. In addition, Republic Services will provide compost locally for residents to access, and is working on finalizing a location.
If you would like information on SB 1383 regulations and statewide resources, you can find it at CalRecycle’s website: https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/organics/slcp
Compostable bags are now widely available at stores. You do not have to purchase compostable bags to comply with food waste recycling. You could use paper bags, or no bags at all but if you do, it must meet the ASTM D6400 standards. Liners will have a logo indicating they are compostable. They might look something like this:
If you do not know if a plastic bag is compostable, throw it out in the regular garbage!
The City of Citrus Heights receives hundreds of requests each year for the installation of stop signs, speed humps, and other traffic control devices to reduce speeding in neighborhoods. The current Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP) requires investigation, analysis, and a determination of whether the request is the most effective solution. This process takes time and is not very transparent to the community. The initiation of the MMTSP is intended to update, improve, and streamline the process allowing the City to quickly respond to citizen requests and track the status of requests anywhere in the process. Further, the MMTSP will promote and provide tools for Citrus Heights residents to improve safety in their own neighborhoods. The community is invited to help develop the MMTSP so that they have input into the program, and better understand how it works.
There are several ways you can be a part of the program including:
Raise awareness about traffic safety in your neighborhood
Become a Neighborhood Champion!
Neighborhood Champions play important role in leading supporting MMTSP by:
If you are interested in becoming a Neighborhood Champion, email MMTSP@CitrusHeights.net
Previous requests made by residents for safety improvements have been incorporated into the MMTSP prioritization process. They have been ranked and prioritized using the procedures being developed as part of the MMTSP with input from the community.
The City will identify and prioritize safety improvements ranging from education and enforcement programs to capital improvements that may be incorporate into the City’s 5-Year Capital Improvement Program (CIP).
One of the goals of the program is to develop low-cost, near-term solutions that can be implemented and evaluated for effectiveness. Should the evaluation near term treatments warrant higher cost solutions, the City will program funding toward improvements through the budget and CIP process, seeking grant and/or other funding sources to supplement construction costs.
A limited supply is available at City Hall. However, the files to make your own is available to any group or individual that would like them.
In addition, neighborhood associations have access to funds, and creation of these signs for residents and business are an eligible item that the neighborhood association can choose to spend on, if they choose.
The launch is planned for this coming spring (2021) and will include outreach to all those we currently have in our notification database. We will also issue news alerts in the City newsletter and other regular communication platforms as well as on social media.
It is something that we are currently discussing. The current feeling is that after 5 years, if the request has not been implemented, there will be a follow up with the resident to see if there is still an issue. The request would not drop off the list without communication between the city and initial resident who raised the concern.
You will be able to see which requests have the highest ratings and have been recommended for implementation. However, the city cannot guarantee any timescales and therefore the map will not show timescales for each request but will be updated as information is available.
The MMTSP will complement existing enforcement efforts in Citrus Heights. We recognize that enforcement is a huge part of neighborhood traffic safety, but unfortunately, the Police Department cannot be everywhere at once. Therefore, a combination of engineering, education and enforcement is the best solution. The MMTSP will review traffic safety concerns as they come in, and the General Services Department will work to identify countermeasures as appropriate in addition to the on-going enforcement efforts by the Police Department.
We have developed a toolbox of items to help spread the word regarding traffic safety in Citrus Heights including the lawn signs and car clings as an educational component to this program.
In addition, we continue to provide educational opportunities and work with neighborhood schools. This has been a bit challenging this past year, as schools were in distance learning mode, neighborhood groups were unable to meet in person, etc. But when we return to in person learning and can meet in person, city staff will work with principals, teachers and neighborhood representatives to identify opportunities to educate all on proper bike/ped rules and safety.
The City is working with the Police Department to ensure all calls regarding traffic safety are included in the MMTSP review. The goal is to capture concerns from all methods (phone, email, website) and departments (engineering and police) into one central location where all can be evaluated as part the MMTSP program.
All concerns will continue to be reviewed by staff as they come in. If an item is reported that is an immediate safety concern, staff will determine the best course of action at that time. In addition, certain categories on the updated reporting form are intended to identify immediate concerns. For example, if you call to report a stop sign that is not visible due to an overgrown bush, that item will immediately be sent to our maintenance division and will therefore not be included as part of the scoring and MMTSP process but will be addressed immediately.
The presentations are available on the City’s YouTube channel and the MMTSP Website. Community Workshops
1) The program started as a part-time program in the fiscal year of 2015/2016
2) The program became a full-time program in the fiscal year of 2016/2017
3) The program is such a great success today because of all the hard work, passion, and dedication to helping those in need. We could not do what we do without many partnerships, including city staff, Citrus Heights Homeless Assistance Resource Team (HART), and several faith based organizations to name just a few
1) Sac Self-Help Housing is a recipient sub-contractor
2) We have a strong relationship with CH HART. They are our partner when it comes to working with homeless challenges in our community. Members of HART put in countless hours providing services and help to those in need. We help them in any way we can and actively participate in their board meetings to discuss current events, goals, and challenges
3) The program is funded through a combination of the general fund and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Approximately $51,000, which is a mix of general fund and CDBG.
Yes, this is a full-time position. The Navigator assists people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The Navigator goes out to encampments to locate people, along with holding walk-in hours. HART and CHPD are resources assisting the Navigator in getting in contact with clients. After the first intake, the Navigator evaluates how to assist the client. Sometimes this includes things such as ID vouchers, assistance with assessing mainstream benefits, bus passes, job assistance, Medicare/Medi-Cal applications, and referrals for individuals with substance use disorder. Other times the Navigator gives the client referrals for room rentals, apartment rentals, shared living situations and more.
Some of the programs and services the Navigator connects the homeless to are things such as ID vouchers, bus passes, job assistance, Medicare/Medi-Cal applications, programs through Mather, DHA, and permanent or transitional supportive housing.
The Navigator goes out into the community and finds homeless individuals and makes direct contact. The CHPD also hands out her business card with every homeless individual contacted.
Walk-in hours are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19:
Wednesday ONLY from 10 AM - 1 PM.
Sacramento Works, 7011 Sylvan Road, Citrus Heights, CA 95610.
You can also contact the Navigator:
Office (916) 727-5563
Cell (916) 533-3069
In 2018, there was 136 homeless or at risk of homeless individuals housed due to the assistance of the Navigator. In addition, 53 individuals were able to receive ID's and 32 people were referred to the lawyer for assistance such things as Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Of the people helped in 2018, 47% of them had a disability of some sort and 15% had a diagnosed mental disability.
Some of the barriers that the Navigator faces in regards to helping the homeless are things such as lack of affordable housing, need for increased access to mental health and social services in their community, and accessibility to employment.
This program doesn't create housing but is limited to the available units that clients can afford. There is a lack of affordable housing, and many participants are between extremely-low and moderate income, which commonly disqualifies them from market-rate housing options. Participants have the self-determination to engage in the services or not. When clients decide not to use the benefits, we continue to offer them until they are ready. The Navigator is here to assist in all aspects and to hand out tools for anyone prepared to accept them. Our goal is to increase homeless assistance and to listen to individual concerns regarding their experiences of these services.
Since incorporation, the City has routinely received concerns from residents regarding safety along Old Auburn Road. Concerns include excessive vehicle speeds, lack of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, safe crossings, increased congestion and a history of collisions.
In 2011, the city adopted a Complete Streets standard (see Question 3 for info on Complete Streets) for all roadways in the community. This policy is intended to provide safe movement for all roadway users including people walking, riding a bicycle, or driving a car.
In 2016, as part of the Pedestrian Master Plan, the city surveyed residents about their concerns related to walking within the city. Approximately 69% of survey respondents indicated they would like to see pedestrian improvements in their neighborhood. 62% of respondents indicated they would walk more if there were better sidewalks and crosswalks. In addition, over 50% of respondents did not feel safe from cars while walking.
When the city adopted the Pedestrian Master Plan, the Old Auburn Road corridor was identified as a Focus Area due to the importance of the corridor, the lack of infrastructure, and the number of collisions.
The focus area identified a variety of safety concerns for pedestrians and vehicles along this corridor that needed to be addressed in more detail. The Pedestrian Master Plan identified a need for wider separated sidewalks as well as a variety of other safety improvements; however, acknowledged, a more robust design and planning effort was necessary.
The study evaluates the portion of Old Auburn Road between Sylvan Corners (Auburn/Sylvan/Old Auburn intersection) and Garry Oak Dr (where the current Multi-Use pathway ends, just east of Fair Oaks Blvd.) A map highlighting the study limits is located on the project website.
A “complete street” is a transportation design and operation philosophy that intends streets to be safe, convenient and comfortable for all users, regardless of age, ability, or how one feels while traveling. Complete streets can include, but are not limited to, sidewalks, bike lanes, bus pull-outs, and traffic calming measures such as center medians and street trees.
The benefits of complete street elements being considered include:
Separated Bikeways reduce risk of injury to cyclists by 50% and have been proven to decrease vehicle speeds.
Reducing travel lanes has been shown to decrease vehicle speeds and reduce injury collisions by over 60%.
Separated sidewalks promote an active lifestyle, increase neighborhood walkability and have been shown to prevent up to 88% of crashes related to walking along a roadway.
See the Open House exhibit board for more information.
Throughout the development of the Pedestrian Master Plan and Bikeway Master Plan, those who participated in or commented on the plans routinely indicated their largest concern was related to the lack of physical separation from high volume and high speed traffic. Respondents in these efforts typically felt that a physical separation (landscape planter, curb, etc.) was necessary to improve their comfort level.
Fifty-nine percent of residents surveyed during the development of the City’s Pedestrian Master Plan indicated they are willing to use active transportation; however they need improvements (including separation from roadways, safe crossings and connectivity to key destinations).
Congestion during the morning and afternoon commute on the freeways and major arterials like Sunrise Boulevard has caused traffic to spill onto neighborhood streets, especially with the increased use of cellphone navigation applications (i.e. Waze, Google Maps, etc.) Smart phone navigation applications will direct traffic onto roadways based on minimal travel time, even to save a minute or less, regardless of the roadway type. Widening local roadways, like Old Auburn Road, may induce additional commute traffic as highlighted on the “Who is Using Old Auburn Road?” Exhibit Board where 20% - 25% of Old Auburn Road's existing commute traffic uses the roadway as a cut through.
The proposed improvements need to be a balance between accommodating local access and not inducing additional cut-through traffic.
The lane reduction creates a cost effective way to increase the facilities for safer walking and biking which has the potential to shift shorter local trips to a more active mode, such as allowing kids to walk to school, thus reducing the number of cars trips.
The planters were installed in 2009 after receiving a number of complaints from residents along the north side of Old Auburn Rd regarding out of control vehicles that had crashed through their rear-yard fences. Planters were chosen as they can safely absorb the impact of a vehicle while protecting pedestrians on the sidewalk and the adjacent residential properties. In addition, the planter block materials are readily available and can be assembled/re-assembled by the city’s landscape personnel, minimizing maintenance costs and response times for any repairs.
Concrete barriers and metal-beam guardrails were considered. However, both of these barrier types are intended to protect against side-angle impacts. The planters can safely absorb the impact of head-on collisions, whereas other options do not absorb impact and may cause serious injury to the vehicle drivers. In addition, concrete or metal-beam barriers require costly crash cushion devices at the exposed blunt ends to further protect drivers from severe injury. The planter barriers were chosen for three primary reasons:
Striping changes to increase the angle of the northbound left turn were implemented in October 2019. These changes include realigning the eastbound lane on Old Auburn Road to allow a broader turn radius from northbound Fair Oaks Boulevard. Any additional changes to realign the roadways to intersect at 90 degrees will require reconstruction of the entire intersection and a portion of Fair Oaks Boulevard. Realignment would also require purchase of property from one or more privately owned parcels. For these reasons, it is not feasible to realign the intersection any more than what has already been done at this time.
This concept was tested during the 9-day roadway demonstration project in October. In addition, review of the planter crashes indicates that the large majority of crashes occur from vehicles using the outside left turn lane from Fair Oaks Blvd onto Old Auburn Road. A plan for Near Term Improvements has been developed which includes making this lane change permanent. The Near Term Improvements include:
These updates will be installed as soon as weather permits.
During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, several collisions occurred at the Fair Oaks/Old Auburn intersection. A review of these collisions, and review of collision reports for crashes that occurred over the past several years, indicates that the large majority of crashes are occurring from cars using the outside left turn lane from Fair Oaks onto Old Auburn Road. Therefore, in order to increase traffic safety and reduce crashes into the planters, the outside left turn lane has been closed, and will remain closed, until the Near Term Improvements can be installed.
Reducing collisions is primarily handled in three ways: Enforcement, Engineering and Education. The Police Department does patrol and conduct enforcement in this area. However, enforcement is only one way to reduce collisions. Each location must be studied to determine the best outcome. Police and engineers have come together to determine that enforcement is important in this area but engineering changes are the best long term solution.
The current concept is to have one travel lane in each direction with a center two-way left turn lane for the entirety of the corridor. More detail can be seen on Concept Design Map 1 and Map 2, presented at Community Open House #2.
The temporary changes were implemented as part of the community engagement effort associated with this planning project. Typically, concepts are only developed and presented on paper and do not provide a way for residents and community members to see the concepts in the field. By implementing the changes temporarily, all roadway users gain a first-hand experience of the proposed concept, also providing opportunity to engage members of the community who may otherwise not have known about the project.
Further, implementing the changes in the field for a one-week period allowed staff to observe how the proposed concept would affect a critical intersection and to collect traffic data to further analyze the potential changes.
For city streets, traffic congestion is typically caused by operations at major intersections and not due to the number of lanes in between. As part of any improvements on Old Auburn Road, infrastructure will be installed to allow signal timing improvements and signal coordination which will help traffic flow through intersections on Old Auburn Road more efficiently. Currently, this infrastructure is lacking and signal coordination is not possible on Old Auburn Road. The current concept also proposes to add two-way left turn lanes where they do not exist today, increasing safety for left turning vehicles and allowing them to wait outside of the travel lane. Additionally, the lane reduction may reduce the amount of cut-through traffic using the corridor during peak commute times as a bypass for Interstate 80.
There is potential for increased cut-through traffic on neighborhood streets with the Plan implementation. However, during the demonstration project in October, the amount of traffic measured on Oak Avenue largely remained the same as before the demonstration project was implemented. See the Demonstration Project Exhibit Board for more information. If the one lane roadway configuration is implemented, city staff will continue to monitor neighborhood traffic issues and can address potential cut-through traffic with additional traffic calming or intersection modifications.
City staff is working with the project consultant to review all comments and feedback received. A final recommendation and Plan will be presented to the Citrus Heights Planning Commission and City Council in late February.
We anticipate the Plan to be complete by end of February 2020. Currently, there is no funding identified to design or construct the recommendations that are developed as part of the Complete Streets Plan. However, once complete, the concepts will be used to seek grant funding for the next phases of the corridor improvements. It is unlikely that the entire corridor will be constructed at one time, and improvements will likely be phased.
If the new business includes a facade remodel or a business identification sign, then an architectural review will be required to ensure its conformance with the Zoning Code. Your business may also require a business license to operate within the City of Citrus Heights.
A building setback is the required distance that a building must be located from a property line, edge of access easement, or other structures on the property.
Typically, a storage shed must be located a minimum distance of 5 feet from the property line. If you live on a corner lot or if your property is subject to easements, the minimum distance could change. Another consideration is that each property is limited to the amount of additional square footage that may be constructed for accessory buildings. Please contact the Planning Division to verify your zoning and your particular situation.
All residential units must provide 2 off-street parking spaces. If you would like to convert the garage into another room, you must demonstrate that you can meet this parking requirement. Parking on the driveway may be counted towards the replacement parking spaces if the driveway design and location meet the requirements. Contact the Planning Division at 916-727-4740 for additional information.
The city recognizes the importance of using your home for business purposes. The city has set guidelines that regulate which type of businesses may operate from a home. These regulations help to ensure that home businesses do not impact the residential neighborhoods or change the character of the home.
To be sure your business complies with the home occupation ordinance and zoning code regulations, review the Home Occupation Permit web page. Home occupation allows minimum client/customer visits and does not allow employees, outside storage, or large deliveries of stock.
"Your permission to operate this vehicle is rescinded. You are to stop operating the vehicle immediately. Park the vehicle legally and notify me of the location, so I may recover it. If you fail to comply with these instructions, I will report the vehicle as stolen." (Including language that instructs the borrower to return the vehicle implies further permission to operate the vehicle.) The letter should also include a description of the vehicle including the year, make, model, color, license plate number and VIN.
Keep a copy of the letter and post office documents needed to send it. After the letter has been mailed, you will either receive proof of delivery or the letter will be returned by the post office as unclaimed.
If you are not successful in getting your vehicle back, call the CHPD at 727-5500 or come to the CHPD to report the vehicle as stolen. You will be required to appear in person and sign the theft report since this is a borrowed vehicle case and supporting documents are necessary to be given to the officer. You must also be willing to press charges and testify in court against the person to whom you loaned the vehicle.
The Citrus Heights Police Department welcomes justified complaints concerning the actions of its employees. The Citrus Heights Police Department wishes to provide you the best law enforcement service possible.
SUMMARY OF COMPLAINT PROCEDURE
Every person has an absolute right to file a complaint. Your reluctance to prepare a complaint form shall not impair that right. If you do not wish to complete the form, or sign it, it shall be completed by the Watch Commander with whom the complaint is lodged. It is desirable that you come to the Police Department where your complaint can be received during a personal interview. However, complaints can be made by mail or by telephone, and may be made anonymously.
If the complaint is made by either telephone or mail, a copy of the complaint will be mailed to you if an address is provided. An investigator will contact all witnesses, examine any relevant physical evidence, and gather all information associated with each charge made in the complaint. After completion of the investigation, a disposition for each charge shall be made, based on each alleged act of misconduct.
The final disposition of your complaint will be made by the Chief of Police. Departmental procedure allows thirty (30) days for completion of an investigation into a Civilian’s complaint. An extension may be granted by the Chief of Police, if necessary. You will be notified of the extension and the reasons for that extension. You will be notified by mail of the disposition of the complaint.
The complaint form can be accessed by clicking on this link. The form can be dropped off to the front counter at the police department, mailed to the address below, faxed to (916) 727-5565, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please mail complaint forms to:
6315 Fountain Square DriveCitrus Heights, CA 95621
* Property is released by appointment only. Call (916) 727-5801 to make an appointment. Appointments are held on Tuesday and Thursdays. We do not accept walk ins. If property is booked in as evidence, it cannot be released until the case is adjudicated. * SAFEKEEPING property is housed for 60 days, FOUND property is housed for 90 days. Unclaimed property is destroyed or auctioned.
In addition, ALL firearms must be registered with DOJ, before release. * If the firearm(s) was taken as SAFEKEEPING, the owner must start the clearance process with DOJ within 180 days of the date the firearms are taken as safekeeping. Upon receiving clearance from DOJ, the owner must contact the Citrus Heights Police Department Property and Evidence unit within 30 days, in order to make an appointment to pick up the firearms. The letter is voided 30 days from the date listed on the top. If the letter is expired, a new letter is required for the release. * If the firearm(s) was take as EVIDENCE in a crime or suspected crime, you will have to wait to obtain the clearance letter, until the criminal case is closed. Then, upon closure of the criminal case, you will have 180 days to start the clearance process, through DOJ, to obtain your firearm(s). Per PC 33875, firearms will not be retained after 180 days if unclaimed. * If the firearm(s) was taken during a domestic violence incident, per PC 18250, your firearms may be taken into custody. Unless the firearms confiscated from you are to be evidence in any criminal procedure, the firearm(s) shall be made available to you from the law enforcement agency 5 business days after the seizure or as soon as thereafter possible. You will then be required to obtain a DOJ gun clearance letter as explained above. If CHPD determines that the return of the firearm(s) results in the endangerment of the victim or others, you will be advised within 60-90 days from the date of the seizure. At which time, a petition will be initiated in the Superior Court of Sacramento County, to determine if these firearm(s) should be returned. It should be noted, that if a criminal case is pending in court, regardless if the weapons are held as evidence or safekeeping, DOJ will not issue a clearance letter, therefore the firearm(s) cannot be released. * If the firearm(s) was taken during a Mental Health Incident, if you were detained under Welfare and Institutions Code 5150, your firearms may be taken into custody per Welfare and Institutions Code 8102(a). If you are admitted to a mental health facility, you are prohibited from owning, possessing, and controlling firearms for a period of 5 years in California. If you currently own any firearms, you must contact the nearest law enforcement agency to surrender those firearms, alleging that your possession of the firearms may cause endangerment to yourself or others. You have a right to a Hearing by that Court. Please contact the Property and Evidence Unit for further detailed information.
To submit a Law Enforcement Gun Release to DOJ online. Go to the Bureau of Firearms
Upon receiving a suspected violation from Red Flex, the officer reviews the video footage which includes the front and back of the vehicle a few seconds before, and after, the suspected violation. If the officer confirms the driver of the vehicle is in violation, they determine if the driver can be positively identified as the registered owner. If the registered owner is the driver, and is positively identified by their Department of motor vehicles photo or other law enforcement photo, they will be issued a citation.
If the driver does not appear to be the registered owner(s), the officer does not issue a citation, but requests assistance from the registered owner by mailing a notice of violation to the address listed on the registration. The notice requests the registered owner(s) to provide the driver’s information. If the registered owner is not the driver, and does not respond with information of who the driver is, no citation is issued. If the registered owner does provide the information of the driver, and that driver can be positively identified, the driver will be issued a citation.
YOU MUST APPEAR OR RESOLVE YOUR CASE BY THE DATE ON YOUR CITATION. Failure to appear or resolve your case will result in additional penalties being added. In addition, the court will send a request to the Department of Motor Vehicles to suspend your driver's license.
In order to close your case and not appear in court, go to their website. NOTE - In the agency menu section, choose "RLC - Red Light Camera", NOT "Citrus Heights Police Department."
Redistricting is the regular process of adjusting the lines of voting districts in accordance with population shifts. In California, public agencies and other organizations must redivide (or redraw) the lines of their districts every ten years once the results of the Census are released so that each district is substantially equal in population. This ensures that each elected official represents about the same number of constituents.
All district lines must be reviewed to meet strict requirements for population equality, voting rights protections, and in accordance with the California FAIR MAPS Act. With the California Voting Rights Act, more than 500 jurisdictions in California must redistrict in 2021-2022.
Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing Council Members. The City Council will seek input into selecting the next district map for electing Council Members. You have any opportunity to share with the City Council how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community either during the public hearings or by submitting comments to email@example.com.
You can find a map of the City's current City Council districts here.
A community of interest is a "contiguous population that shares common social and economic interests that should be included within a single district for purposes of its effective and fair representation."
Below are useful excerpts from the Local Government Redistricting Toolkit by Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (2020)
Communities of interest are the overlapping sets of neighborhoods, networks, and groups that share interests, views, cultures, histories, languages, and values and whose boundaries can be identified on a map.
The following elements help define communities of interest:
The City Council will reach out to local media to publicize the redistricting process. Also, we will make a good faith effort to notify community groups of various kinds about the redistricting process. Our public hearings and workshops will be provided in applicable languages if residents submit a request in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City Council will notify the public about redistricting hearings, post maps online before adoption, and maintain this dedicated web page for all relevant information about the redistricting process.
Share your specific thoughts, draw a map, or attend an upcoming hearing to get involved!
At the hearings, we want you to:
Common acronyms demographic categories:
NH: Non-HispanicVAP: Voting age populationCVAP: Citizen Voting Age PopulationCVRA: California Voting Rights ActFAIR MAPS Act: Fair and Inclusive Redistricting for Municipalities and Political SubdivisionsNDC: National Demographics Corporation (the firm hired to produce the maps and provide demographic data)
No, you do not need to submit a fully completed map. You can draw boundaries for only your neighborhood or only a portion of the city. It is helpful if you submit written commentary with your map describing why the particular neighborhood or area should be kept together in a single district.
Yes, you may submit more than one map. Please draw as many maps as you like. We suggest you submit only your top 2-3 preferred maps to assist the City Council in focusing on the map that best represents your community; however, there is no limit.
After you submit your map, the demographic consultants will generate the population and other demographic details for your proposed map. Maps can be viewed on the Draft Maps page or on the Interactive Review Map. Once submitted, maps are considered public records.
Online publications and guides to redistricting:
A rental property is any type of home or dwelling unit that is not occupied by the owner of record.
Rental properties are defined as "residential property in which the owner does not reside." This means a house could be occupied by an owner’s relative or friend who is paying less than market value; providing house-sitting services; paying utilites only or paying no rent at all and still be considered a rental.
Yes. Properties that are:
To be considered for exemption from the RHIP you must complete a RHIP Application for Exemption and submit the required documentation.
Any non-owner occupied property will be considered a rental property. Rent is defined as "means to grant the possession or enjoyment of, in exchange for money or any other consideration." (CHMC 50-244) This means that a house could be occupied by an owner’s relative or friend who is paying less than market value; providing house-sitting services; paying utilities only or no rent at all and still be considered a rental.
Yes. Annual registration, including payment of the annual registration fee is a requirement of the program. Registration is complete once 1) a completed registration form is provided to the City and 2) the annual registration fee and housing stock fees is paid. (CHMC 50-247)
Registrations are valid for a period of one year or until within 30 days of any change in owner or local contact representative information.
Register online at www.citrusheights.net/RHIPRegistrationForm or visit the online forms center for a printable form.
Yes. The annual registration fee is per rental property.
RHIP will provide written notice of the date and time of inspection to the owner and any local contact representative. This notice shall be sent by mail to the address provided on the most recent annual registration form at least 30 days in advance. A separate notice will be sent to the tenants at the rental property address.
All violations are the responsibility of the rental property owner. If the tenant has caused the violations, the RHIP will work with the owner and the tenant to achieve compliance; however, the owner is ultimately responsible to bring the rental property into compliance.
Yes. Only if there are no known substandard living conditions or exigent circumstances.
State Law requires the City to maintain certain health and safety standards. Fees collected are used to fund the program that responds to violations of those standards. The increased fees directly fund the Rental Housing Inspection Program (RHIP)
The Housing Stock Fee and the annual registration fee for the Rental Housing Inspection Program was approved by City Council Resolution #2018-112. Effective January 1, 2019 new fees are based on the number of rental units per property and are billed annually through Consolidated Utilities Billing and Services.
The HSF and the annual registration fee will be collected by the County's Consolidated Utility Billing and Service (CUBS) at the beginning of each calendar year. The county will then forward the fees to the City.
The Housing Stock Fee (HSF) is per rental unit. If you own a duplex, you would need to pay one annual registration fee and 2 Housing Stock Fees. For more information about the Housing Stock Fee, click here.
Yes. The RHIP has no authority to demand the rental property owner not pass the fees on to the tenant. However, the cost of the program is a max of $6.66 per month for a single unit rental property.
The fees may be adjusted each year by resolution of the City Council, after a duly noticed public hearing.
The Specific Plan will evaluate options to ensure the future redevelopment of Sunrise Mall is evaluated in a comprehensive manner. The Specific Plan will be developed in consultation with the mall property owners.
A Specific Plan allows the city to develop a vision and evaluate redevelopment options for the Sunrise Mall. The process to develop the Specific Plan will ensure the redevelopment is consistent with the community’s vision and that adequate infrastructure and land use requirements are in place to allow that vision to occur.
An effective concentration and complementary mix of land uses
Streetscape and community gathering features that are engaging and support an active street life and a stronger sense of place
Architectural and design details to transition this area from an auto-oriented suburban center to an amenity-rich, pedestrian-friendly, and experience-oriented regional destination
Phasing, infrastructure, and financing approaches
These objectives will guide the development of the Specific Plan. These objectives will be refined through community engagement and engagement with the Sunrise Mall property owners.
All final land use decisions will ultimately be subject to the review and approval by the City Council who has the sole discretion to determine which uses are permitted within the plan area.