Downtown Vacaville
credit: City of Vacaville

Social equity in planning and development to reflect community values

Vacaville, CA- Planning the next vision for Vacaville Downtown, city officials have released a public draft of its Downtown Specific Plan. Designed as an outline for the city to achieve the community’s goals while reflecting the values of residents and stakeholders.

Vacaville’s Downtown Specific Plan seeks to boost retail, office, and residential, supported by enhanced recreation, art, and mobility options. The comprehensive plan aims to create a safer, cleaner and pedestrian friendly hub for Vacaville’s robust future.


A SPECIFIC PLAN implements the goals and policies of the general plan. California state law requires all cities to have a general plan.


Initial Efforts

The Downtown core will be centered on an expanded Town Square, an extended CreekWalk, and a transformed gateway corridor along Davis Street, and will include upgraded street furnishings, public art, and other improvements.

Visioning Themes

Vibrant. A pedestrian-oriented housing, retail, entertainment, and cultural destination that attracts people and fosters street-level engagement.

Connected. An accessible mobility network that allows for the safe and convenient movement of pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and automobiles in addition to barrier-free access based on existing federal code requirements for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) access in all public spaces.

Attractive. A well-designed blend of buildings, landscaping, streetscapes, and public spaces that carefully integrate with Downtown’s historic character.

Sustainable. A future built upon a healthy environment, a strong economy, and the well-being of residents and businesses.

Resilient. A community able to adapt and grow in response to changing environmental, economic, and societal conditions.

Equitable. A diverse place where all residents equitably participate in its planning, growth, quality of life, and prosperity.

Safe. A secure environment with well-lit and defensible spaces that add to the comfort and safety of residents, businesses, and visitors.

About Vacaville

With a population of roughly 100,000, the city of Vacaville is located in Solano County, California, at the foot of the Coast Ranges, which divide the Central Valley from the San Francisco Bay Area. Vacaville is approximately 27 miles southwest of Sacramento and 46 miles northeast of San Francisco.