The Franklin District Playbook: A Summary

In 2019, the Franklin District received competitive grant funding to develop a neighborhood plan or “Playbook” for improving the Franklin District’s economy, environment, and livability. The process to develop the Playbook used a lot of engagement with people, including over 800 interviews with local residents and businesses on ideas and priorities for community improvements.

The Playbook, completed in 2020, identifies many strategies and actions for improving the safety and attractiveness of the Franklin corridor, expanding housing options and homeless supports, and increasing clean transportation alternatives, energy efficiency, climate resilience, workforce development, and economic opportunities. The project also helped strengthen coordination between local organizations, public agencies, businesses and residents, and has positioned the Franklin community for additional competitive funds.

Franklin District Community Climate and Revitalization Playbook

Appendix A – Community Engagement Report

Equitable Housing and Neighborhood Development

  • Preserving and rehabilitating existing rentals

  • Developing new affordable home and apartment options

  • Increasing accessory dwelling units (ADUs)

  • Reducing residents’ energy and transportation costs so they have more
    money for housing


  • Linking people to financial literacy & counseling services that improve their ability to rent or buy a home

  • Expanding support systems for people who are homeless

Clean Transportation and Mobility

  • Helping ensure that the Franklin Complete Street project is finished from 12th to 38th Avenue

  • Identifying and creating safer routes that help people bike to, from, and within the Franklin District to get to work, shopping, recreation/parks, schools, light rail, etc.

  • Maintaining and expanding public transit services, including RT’s on-demand SmaRT Ride service

  • Increasing access and use of shared mobility options like bike share, scooter share, and car sharing services

  • Expanding electric vehicle use to reduce air pollution

Environmental Improvement and Climate Resilience

  • Improving residential and business energy efficiency

  • Increasing solar energy installations

  • Improving water efficiency

  • Greening the District with more trees, parks, recreation spaces, and community gardens

Workforce Development and Economic Opportunity

  • FNDC’s development of the Sacramento Mercado project as a food business incubator and market hall

  • La Familia’s development of the Opportunity Center project to increase workforce and community programs and assistance

  • Expanding partnerships for more workforce and training opportunities  

  • Increasing business succession and transition planning assistance

  • Expanding murals, cultural events, tours, arts, and music to help celebrate Franklin’s identity and attract more visitors to learn about the District and patronize area businesses

Policy Coordination

  • Working with the City and County to better coordinate policies and regulations


The work upon which the Playbook is based was funded in part through a Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Planning Grant awarded by the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) and administered by the California Department of Conservation (DOC). Thanks go to them and our 15 partners in the TCC grant: SACOG (lead applicant), City of Sacramento (co-applicant), County of Sacramento, Alchemist CDC, California Capital, Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative, Community Resource Project, Franklin Boulevard Business Association, La Familia Counseling Center, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Sacramento Regional Transit, Sacramento Tree Foundation, WALKSacramento, and Valley Vision.   |   5383 Franklin Blvd. Ste #C, Sacramento, CA 95820