You asked, we answer: What’s happening in Folsom south of Highway 50?

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For now, it’s a burgeoning patchwork of tan and stone-colored suburban homes along Scott Road off a newly paved Mangini Parkway, some finished, others with a wood frame still exposed and shingle roofs yet to be laid.

But by the end of its 25-year construction timeline, the Folsom Plan Area below Highway 50 straddled by Prairie City Road, White Rock Road and the El Dorado County line — better known by residents simply as Folsom south of 50 — will contain more than 11,000 new homes.

Covering nearly 3,600 acres of ranch land, the development will be home to about 25,000 residents, increasing the city’s current population by a third.

Decades in the making, Folsom Mayor Kerri Howell said this new development is a natural progression for a city that had less than 30,000 residents 30 years ago and has since more than doubled.

“Given that development will happen over a 20-, 25-year time period, that’s not a big influx of people,” Howell said. Developers expect more than 400 homes to be built each year.

The first home was bought in November and several tenants have since moved into Folsom Ranch, one of several neighborhood developments planned in the area. More than 150 homes have been sold and escrow closed on 42 others, according to Folsom Ranch spokesman Ian Cornell.

So the question is, submitted by F. J. Kearney: “How the city of Folsom goes about its growth south of fifty?”


The massive project south of Highway 50 covers 3,300 acres and will contain nearly 11,000 homes and apartments.
Folsom project map
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Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks covers Sacramento County and the cities and suburbs beyond the capital. She’s previously worked at The New York Times and NPR, and is a former Bee intern. She graduated from UC Berkeley, where she was the managing editor of The Daily Californian.
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