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52º | Partly cloudy | 7% chance of rain | Sunrise 7:23 a.m. | Sunset 5:01 p.m.

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City hall is “the room where it happens,” as Aaron Burr would say. | Photo via City of Sacramento by Carlos Eliason
If you want to be a development detective but find yourself stumped by the terminology in various city releases + news reports, never fear.

Here are some definitions of common terms paired with ongoing projects and examples you might recognize in the 916.


Projects that provide more than one purpose in the community, like a building with apartments on top and retail shops on the bottom. Expect to see combinations of housing, retail, parking, commercial, and industrial components.

Think: The Railyards’ residential component, The A.J., is a mixed-use project with 5,000-sqft of retail space beneath 345 residential units.


Changing the boundaries of land from the city’s designated use. Examples of rezoning requests might be developers looking to build a high-rise in a neighborhood with a certain building height restriction, or opening a business in a residential area.

Pro tip: Check zoning information by address using the County Parcel Viewer tool.

Special-use permit

Granted to provide relief from regulations when land is being used in a manner not normally compatible with its zoning. Only granted when the site’s intended use is deemed appropriate and compatible with the surrounding area.

Pro tip: Schedule an appointment with the Office of Planning and Environmental Review to make sure your project qualifies before filling out all the necessary paperwork.
Monday, Sept. 18
  • Zoppé Family Circus | Monday, Sept. 18 | 6 p.m. | Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove Florin Rd., Elk Grove | $27-$47 | Witness acrobatic feats, canine capers, clowns, and a whole lot more at this 181-year-old circus show.
  • Trivia Night | Monday, Sept. 18 | 8-10 p.m. | The Flamingo House Social Club, 2315 K St., Sacramento | Free | Topics range from science to sports and everything in between at this trivia night presented by Geeks Who Drink.
Tuesday, Sept. 19
  • Cosmic Yoga | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 6-7 p.m. | Two Rivers Cider, 4311 Attawa Ave., Ste. 300, Sacramento | Free | Reset your mind and body at this weekly yoga meet up — and unwind even further with a glass of cider.
  • Improv Playground: Improv for Everyone | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 6-8 p.m. | Holistic Light House, 401-B, Vernon St. Roseville | $15 | All skill levels are welcome at this improv workshop — your first time is free.
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News Notes
  • Sacramento officials are asking boaters and river-goers to take a short survey as part of their “Keep our Waters Clean” program. The survey aims to help staff better understand people’s needs when visiting local bodies of water, as well as educate community members on best practices around our regions rivers and lakes. (Sacramento City Express)
  • A new Thai restaurant looks to be in the works for the former home of Doughbot + Buffalo Pizza & Ice Cream Co. Thai Time is expected to open in November at 2030 10th St., with dishes like fried pork sandwiches and rice porridge. (Sac Biz Journal)
  • Elk Grove-based Sugar Coated Cupcakes has won the Sacramento Kings’ “Capitalize: Food” contest, securing a spot for its desserts at Golden 1 Center this upcoming season. Sugar Coated Cupcakes beat out other local eateries, such as SpiderMonkey’s Dessert Studio and SS Food Sacramento. (Sac Biz Journal)
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Give us pumpkin to talk about
A scoop of gelato
Taste the season. | Photo by @painpanbakery
From pumpkin spice to pecan pie, the SACtoday team loves fall-themed treats — almost as much as we love hearing from you.

That’s why, ahead of creating a seasonal food/drinks guide, we’re asking which local, seasonal items you have on your menu (or your mind) right now, along with any scrumptious-looking photos you’d like to share with us — like this Pumpkin Cheesecake concha from Pain Pan Bakery.
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