About R Street

The vision, goals, and policies of R Street were established by the R Street Corridor Master Plan, which was adopted in December of 1996. Developed over a six-year community planning process, the R Street Corridor Plan sets a strong long term vision of infill development that creates both home ownership and high density rental housing opportunities to serve employment and population growth within the City of Sacramento.

Regional and Local Context

In addition to the R Street Corridor Master plan, R Street is also regulated by special district zoning regulations. The R Street Corridor Special Planning District (SPD) establishes standards and regulations for the development of land uses in the district. Additionally, the Central City Neighborhood Design Guidelines directs the built urban form for both the private and public realms of the corridor.

As the state capitol, the City of Sacramento is abundant with significant and historic landmarks and the R Street Corridor is no different. R Street presents an important part of the City of Sacramento’s story with its connection to the West’s first railroad, and ties to the gold rush and mining activities in foothills of the Sierra’s.

R Street is located in the City and County of Sacramento just south of the Central Business District.The street runs between Interstate – 5 Freeway to the west and the Capitol City Freeway on the east, forming the southern edge of the Capitol Park Neighborhood.Q and S Streets make up the northern and southern boundaries. The R Street project area encompasses a total of 54 blocks.

Conditions at the Time of Plan Adoption

The R Street Corridor in 1996 consisted of primarily of low rise government offices, industrial warehouses, and low density residential units. Vacant buildings/lots and underutilized surface parking lots also dotted the corridor. The  public infrastructure has been neglected throughout most of the corridor.  In some areas of R Street there are no sidewalks, drainage, or adequate lighting.  In the past five years a number of improvements have been made to  sections of the corridor as the City and private developers work to reach the goals of the  R Street Corridor Master Plan.