Old Town Elk Grove

Old Elk Grove

About Old Town Elk Grove

Old Town Elk Grove is a historic area within the City, and one of the oldest western settlements in the greater Sacramento region. Thus, Old Town is the cornerstone of modern Elk Grove. Nestled along the Elk Grove Boulevard corridor between Elk Grove-Florin Road and Waterman Road, visitors can find the area populated by a broad array of shops, services, businesses, and restaurants in many buildings that date back to the mid-1800s. In fact, over 40 buildings in Old Town Elk Grove form a Historic District that is listed on the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places.

Old Town Special Planning Area

A Special Planning Area (SPA) was created in an effort to protect the historical character and ambiance of Old Town. The SPA defines the type of land uses that can come to Old Town and establishes site and architectural design standards and guidelines. The Old Town SPA was originally created by Sacramento County in 1985. However, a significant update was completed by the City and formally adopted by the Elk Grove City Council in August 2005. As part of the 2005 update, a requirement to provide a triennial report to the City Council was established that would summarize the development activities within a three-year period and identify possible updates to the SPA in response to changing conditions. The first triennial review of the Old Town SPA was completed in June 2010; a subsequent update occurred in 2014.  Three minor amendments were completed in 2017, 2018, and 2019. The current SPA may be viewed by clicking on the following link:

Old Town SPA

Update to the Old Town SPA

The City will be beginning the next review and update to the Old Town SPA in mid-2019.  More information on the effort and public workshop dates will be announced in the future.

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