The Easton Plan reflects the efforts of a multidisciplinary team to create one of the finest master-planned communities in the nation.
All of the boroughs of Easton have been planned in accordance with smart-growth principles advocated by the Urban Land Institute and the Sacramento Region Blueprint: Transportation and Land Use Study.
Easton is based on these key principles:
Build on Existing Assets. The beneficial reuse of approximately 6,100 acres involves building upon and enhancing the area’s infrastructure, including existing water, sewer, utility and transportation systems. Easton is fostering transportation solutions that will enhance overall mobility throughout the Highway 50 corridor.
Protect and Enhance Natural Resources. The community will create a network of green corridors, parks, bicycle paths, greenbelts and walking trails as well as preserved open spaces, linked throughout Easton, ultimately connecting to the American River Parkway and to adjacent neighboring communities.
Encourage Mixed-use. All of the boroughs in Easton provide for a mix of uses, including neighborhood commercial centers, recreational amenities, and employment and shopping venues, all located near a range of housing options.
Create Housing Diversity. A wide variety of housing types and densities—both for sale and for rent—is planned for all income levels and all stages of life. Homes are categorized as high density (such as apartments, live/work units, housing over retail); medium density (townhomes, small lot single-family homes); and low density (larger lot single-family and executive homes).
Provide Transportation Choices. Easton will be served by arterial roads, major bus lines, and light rail, with nearby rail stations locations at Hazel Avenue and Iron Point Road and another situated by Sunrise Boulevard further to the west. A potential third light rail station is planned between Westborough and Highway 50. These transit systems integrate with a robust network of pedestrian and bicycle trails, minimizing dependency on motor vehicles and reducing congestion.
Restore approximately 6,100 acres of fallow land, historically used for gold mining operations dating back more than a century.
Conserve natural resources that have been inaccessible for over 50 years. Easton will work to preserve the Alder Creek Basin, oak woodlands, and wildlife habitats and corridors.
An interpretive nature center will be developed to provide environmental education and awareness. These resources, all linked by a master trails network, serve as a highly valuable asset for the greater Easton community.
Provide a master planned community that will offer the flexibility to match the needs of today and of the future. Easton offers a balance of land uses, housing diversity, transportation modes, employment opportunities, pedestrian-friendly amenities and an outstanding educational system.