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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.
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.
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 Citrus Heights Electric Greenway 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.
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 benefitting 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 Electric Greenway).
In 2015, the city adopted a Bikeway Master Plan and General Plan Update which included the Electric Greenway as a priority project. The area known as the Electric Greenway 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 Electric Greenway 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 Electric Greenway.
The project is currently in the preliminary analysis and environmental documentation phase. The city has hired a consultant team, led by GHD, to assist in this phase of the project. Tasks related to this phase of the project include the preliminary analysis, environmental impact review, as well as the draft and final environmental documentation.
Additional community engagement is also part of this phase of the project. Within the coming months, the city plans to host a virtual community workshop and another community open house.
Once the preliminary analysis and environmental documentation is complete, the project will move into the detailed design phase. Trail construction is anticipated to begin in spring 2021.
The Electric Greenway 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 Electric Greenway 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 Electric Greenway Trail Project route, 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, 314 trees 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-beneificial 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 Electric Greenway Trail Project route have died or are diseased beyond recovery requiring removal for safety purposes. Along the nearly 3-mile route, 116 trees are recommended by an arborist for removal due to their current condition.
Removal of Trees for Trail Construction:
Along the proposed route, 199 trees are identified for removal as part of the trail construction. This number is based on a worst-case scenario, assuming that the trail will require removal of all trees within the nearby vicinity. The purpose of assuming a worst-case scenario is to ensure the potential environmental impacts are disclosed.
As illustrated below, the environmental document for the Electric Greenway 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.
During the final engineering phase, the city will evaluate every opportunity to preserve existing healthy trees. 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 will consider during final design.
In addition to design considerations, a Final Tree Impact Assessment for the project, prepared by an arborist will evaluate all tree impacts in greater detail. This assessment will be based on the final design and identify mitigation approaches necessary to ensure preservation of existing trees proposed to remain. Further, any work conducted within the dripline of any tree to remain will be monitored by an arborist to ensure bestpracticesare followed to minimize the impact of construction on these trees.
As discussed above, the project goal is to preserve as many trees as possible along the Electric Greenway Trail Project alignment. 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 Electric Greenway 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.
Separate from the Electric Greenway 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
Lighting is an option, however exact locations of where the lights will be installed and the type of lighting has yet to be determined. As we anticipate some property owners will want lighting and others may not, we are currently seeking input on specific locations and areas where residents and property owners would like lighting to be installed. To provide your feedback on where lighting should be installed, please email email@example.com.
Lower profile solar powered LED lighting fixtures are being considered along several sections of the Electric Greenway Trail alignment. Park areas currently served by SMUD lighting are being evaluated for possible additional fixtures. Best lighting practices along trails are being considered in the trail lighting design standards.
In general, the homeless population prefers to be in areas that are hidden from public view. Currently, portions of the corridor for the Electric Greenway Trail Project are overgrown or otherwise not visible to the general public, which can result in homeless camps or other related activities. The construction of the Electric Greenway Trail Project will reduce overgrown vegetation and introduce legitimate trail users to the corridor which will discourage homeless activity along the corridor. 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 Electric Greenway 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.
Each of the project partners’ legislative bodies will be required to approve the ultimate trail alignment, environmental review, and funding prior to construction.
Yes, a pedestrian activated traffic signal is planned at the trail crossing of Fair Oaks Boulevard.
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.
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.
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 Electric Greenway 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.
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 Electric Greenway Trail Project is proposed within existing easements, there will be no change to assessed property values or taxes.
Who is going to maintain the area outside the trail width between property owner fence lines?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Electric Greenway 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 Electric Greenway 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 Electric Greenway 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). (Also, see responses to #18 and #28 above.)
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. The project will continue to evaluate this concern and we will update these FAQs as additional information becomes available. (Also, see question #24).
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.
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.
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 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.
The proposed Electric Greenway 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 Electric Greenway Trail Project plays an important role in the connecting the City of Citrus Heights to the broader regional trail vision.
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 May 8, 2019
The CAFR 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.
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! See more types here.
Submit a Concern here.
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 Leaf Season (Nov-Jan) or Regular Schedule (Feb-Oct) to see which week the street sweeper is in your area.
Stop signs are 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 traffic signs can be requested through the Submit a Concern or Service Request Forms. The Traffic Management Team will evaluate each request for need. Replies will be made by letter or email to the requestor.
The city has a Neighborhood Traffic Management Policy (PDF) that guides the evaluation of traffic problems and the development of strategies to improve traffic conditions in residential areas. Please call 916-727-4770, or use the city's service request form to report your concerns.
Citrus Heights provides sandbags for CITRUS HEIGHTS RESIDENTS ONLY. Proof of residency will be checked. If you do not live in Citrus Heights, you will need to contact your local agency (City of Roseville, Sacramento County, Placer County, etc.) for sandbag information. The City is able to 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 will be provided with a limited number of empty sandbags to be self-filled at the following the locations: · C-Bar-C Park (8275 Oak Avenue); or· City Hall located at 6360 Fountain Square Drive
Residents should bring their own shovels to the sand pile locations. See more information about being Storm Ready.
Call Citrus Heights General Services Department at 916-727-4770 to report potholes
Sacramento County locations can report to 311
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Provide pothole size – small, medium, large or dimensions – 12x12, depth, etc.
Location (intersection or address)
Specifics – bike lane, center line, corner at stop sign, left turn pocket, etc.
Weight – heavy vehicles and frequent traffic deteriorate pavement
Water – water seeps into cracks, loosening asphalt
Weather – wet and cold weather weaken roads further
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
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.
The MMTSP is funded through a Caltrans Sustainable Communities $180,000 grant with a local $23,321 match from the City of Citrus Heights.
There are several ways you can be a part of the program including:
Want to have a more active role in the Program? Become a Neighborhood Champion!
Neighborhood Champions will play an important role in leading the program by:
The expected commitment from Neighborhood Champions includes:
If you are interested in becoming a Neighborhood Champion, email MMTSP@CitrusHeights.net
The outcome of the MMTSP will be:
The MMTSP will be completed by JULY 2021. However, there are important program milestones between now and the completion date. See the MMTSP Community Meetings for event announcements and stay informed of the program’s progress. You can also keep up with the project and other events at Facebook.com/CityofCitrusHeights/.
Previous requests made by residents for safety improvements will be incorporated into the new process being developed and remain in the order they were received. They will be 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.
We are working on the tools to help you promote safety in your neighborhoods. Check back soon!
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: 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.
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 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 email@example.com.
Please mail complaint forms to:
6315 Fountain Square DriveCitrus Heights, CA 95621
"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.
* 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."
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.