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The Blueprint Vision

The SACOG Board of Directors adopted the Preferred Blueprint Scenario in December 2004, a bold vision for growth that promotes compact, mixed-use development and more transit choices as an alternative to low density development.

The Preferred Blueprint Scenario depicts a way for the region to grow through the year 2050 in a manner generally consistent with the PDF Blueprint growth principles. A special report, available in PDF, provides an overview of the PDF Preferred Scenario approved unanimously by the SACOG Board in December 2004.

The Preferred Blueprint Scenario is part of SACOG's Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy for 2035, the long-range transportation plan for the six-county region. It also serves as a framework to guide local government in growth and transportation planning through 2050.

The Metropolitan Transportation Plan for 2035 links land use and transportation planning, with $42 billion in transportation investments in the six-county Sacramento region over the next 28 years. With strategic investments in our current transportation system, we can curb the growth in traffic congestion each household experiences. We can create opportunities for residents of the region to spend less time in their cars, and protect our air quality while improving the quality of life.

Preferred Scenario Map

The scenario is a result of numerous public workshops and meetings with local government staff and elected officials. It should be interpreted and used as a concept-level illustration of the growth principles. It was developed with parcel-level data and analysis to help ensure that the growth concepts were being applied in a realistic manner; however, it is not intended to be applied or implemented in a literal, parcel-level manner.

The map assumes certain levels and locations of both "reinvestment" (i.e., additional development on already-built parcels) and greenfield development (i.e., large-scale development on vacant land). The purpose of this mapping is to illustrate, generally, the amount and locations for these types of growth. It is not intended to indicate that a specific parcel should or should not be developed in a particular manner. That level of planning is the responsibility of local governments, and is beyond the specificity appropriate for regional-scale, long-term scenario planning.

Transportation projects were added to the region's road and transit systems in the development and evaluation of each of the scenarios in the Blueprint Project. The objective in each scenario was to match the transportation system with the land use parameters. While a list of projects was developed and is available for the Preferred Scenario, the purpose of the project list is to provide a generalized priority of transportation investments that fit with the location and amount of development and fit with the smart growth planning concepts.

The list of transportation projects in the Preferred Blueprint Scenario is not a Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) for the region. The MTP is a much more detailed process currently being undertaken. In other words, the PDF transportation system which underlies the Blueprint Map is for educational purposes, and does not reflect a policy recommendation or decision by the Board.

View Blueprint Scenario Maps and Statistics:


Scenario Maps Legend — Land Use Types:

Rural Residential

Rural Residential
  • 3 acre average lot size (range is from 1 acre to 20 acres and above)

Single-Family Large Lot

Single-Family Large Lot
  • 8,500 square feet average lot size (range from 3,000 square feet to 5,400 square feet)

Single-Family Small Lot

Single-Family Small Lot
  • 4,000 square feet average lot size (range from 5400 square feet to 4,000 square feet)

Attached Residential
(townhouse/rowhouse, condominium/apartment, mixed use; 2 to 5 story buildings)

Attached Residential
  • 30 dwelling units per acre average (range of 16 units to 100 units per acre)


  • 50 employees per acre average (1 to 2 story buildings)


  • 150 employees per acre average (2 to 10 story buildings, average 4 stories)


  • 20 employees per acre average (1 story buildings)

Public/Quasi-Public (schools, government office buildings, churches)

  • 20 employees per acre average (1 to 3 story buildings typical)





Open Space (passive-use areas, no development allowed)


Parks (active use for recreation)


Medium-Density Mixed Residential

Mix of:

  • 48% Single Family Large Lot
  • 30% Single Family Small Lot
  • 12% Attached Units (townhouses/rowhouses, condominiums/apartments, mixed use)
  • 10% Retail

High-Density Mixed Residential

Mix of:

  • 15% Single Family Large Lot
  • 45% Single Family Small Lot
  • 25% Attached Units (townhouses/rowhouses, condominiums/apartments, mixed use)
  • 15% Retail

Low-Density Mixed-Use Center or Corridor (residential focus)

Mix of:

  • 50% Single Family Small Lot
  • 35% Attached Units (townhouses/rowhouses, condominiums/apartments, mixed use; 1 to 3 story buildings)
  • 15% Retail

Medium-Density Mixed-Use Center or Corridor (residential focus)

Mix of:

  • 5% Single Family Small Lot
  • 80% Attached Units (townhouses/rowhouses, condominiums/apartments, mixed use; 2 to 4 story buildings)
  • 15% Retail

High-Density Mixed-Use Center or Corridor (residential focus)

Mix of:

  • 80% Attached Units (townhouses/rowhouses, condominiums/apartments, mixed use; 3 to 6 story buildings)
  • 5% Retail
  • 15% Office

Employment-Focus Mixed-Use Center or Corridor

Mix of:

  • 20% Attached Units (townhouses/rowhouses, condominiums/apartments, mixed use; 3 to 6 story buildings)
  • 30% Retail
  • 50% Office