Community Development

Fairfield Train Station Specific Plan 

The City of Fairfield is currently preparing plans for a new Capitol Corridor train station at the southeast corner of Peabody Road and Vanden Road.

In conjunction with this project, the City has developed a Specific Plan for approximately 2,970 acres of land near the station.  The Specific Plan was adopted by the City Council on July 26, 2011 with minor amendments adopted on August 21, 2012.

If you have questions about construction of the Train Station or related improvements including road construction or detours, please contact the Fairfield Public Works Department at 707.428.7485, or by email at   If you have questions about the Specific Plan other than train station, road construction or detours, contact David Feinstein, Principal Planner by phone at 707.428.7448.



A chronological overview of previous activities related to the project is presented below.  A detailed overview of the project is provided at the bottom of the page.

July 2011:  On July 13, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on the Specific Plan and related items, and voted to recommended that the City Council approve them (Downloads:  Staff Report, and Staff Report Attachments).  On July 26, the City City Council held a public hearing on the Specific Plan and related items and voted unanimously to approve them.  (Download:  Staff Report and Attachments).

The following documents comprise the materials reviewed by the City Council:




    June 2011:  On June 7, the City Council held a study session to review the draft Specific Plan(Download: Slides from Staff presentation)


    February 2011:  On February 3, the City released a draft Specific Plan for public review.  The Planning Commission held a study session on February 9 to review the draft Specific Plan.  On February 15, the City recirculated portions of the draft EIR related to Traffic, Air Quality and Noise impacts.  the City took comments on the recirculated draft sections through March 31, 2011. 


    December 2010:
      On December 24, the City released a draft Environmental Impact Report for the Project.  The City took comments on the draft EIR through February 9, 2011.


    September 2010:  Drafts of various conceptual exhibits were released at meetings with landowners on September 9, August 19, and July 29, 2010, and are available for download below.  Please note that these were working documents that may have been modified for the draft Specific Plan or not included in the document. 

    Working Draft exhibits released 9/9/10:

    Working Draft exhibits released 8/19/10:

    Working Draft exhibit released 7/29/10:

    June 2010:   The Planning Commission held a meeting on June 9 to review and comment on the scope of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the plan.  For information about the proposed scope, please see the Notice of Preparation for the EIR.  Additional relevant materials may be downloaded from the summary for the April 20, 2010 City Council meeting just below.


    April 2010:  The City Council reviewed various aspects of the project on April 10, including a 
    preliminary land plan, guiding principles, and a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Canon Station LLC, the largest landowner within the Specific Plan area.  The staff report and powerpoint presentation for the April 20 meeting are available for download.  At the meeting, the City Council adopted a resolution that 1) approved the guiding principles as a policy framework for the Specific Plan, 2) approved the MOU, 3) directed staff to prepare an Environmental Impact Report for the project based on the preliminary land plan and 4) authorized staff to prepare a draft development agreement with Canon Station for consideration by the City Council subsequent to its certification of an EIR and concurrently with its consideration of a Specific Plan


    March 2010: The City conducted a workshop for landowners and interested agencies and members of the public.  The following materials were discussed at the meeting, and are available for download by clicking on the links below:


    October 2009:  The City released three
    alternative planning concepts for the project. They may be downloaded by clicking on the following links:

    Each of the three maps is a working drawing and is not considered final. Staff and project consultants accepted comments on these drawings during October 2009.

    Additional information about the Specific Plan project follows below.

    Project Background

    In the early 1990s, rail service began on the Capitol Corridor, a commuter rail line between Sacramento and the Bay Area. Offering a convenient alternative to driving on increasingly congested freeways, the Capitol Corridor offers up to sixteen round trip trains per day. Presently the Capitol Corridor stops in downtown Suisun City, its only stop in Solano County.

    During the 1990s, the City of Fairfield began to work with the Solano Transportation Authority and other communities in Solano County to develop a plan for additional Capitol Corridor stations in the county. Through this effort, the cities of Fairfield and Vacaville agreed to jointly develop a new station at the southeast corner of Peabody Road and Vanden Road in northeast Fairfield. The station would serve commuters in eastern Fairfield and all of Vacaville, which has no land directly on the rail line. Service to the Suisun station would be unaffected by the new Fairfield station.

    In 1999, Fairfield acquired land for the station, and is now preparing station designs. The City anticipates opening of the station around 2015/16. The Capitol Corridor has authorized its trains to utilize the station upon its opening. 

    Specific Plan Project

    Most land around the train station, including the station site itself is unincorporated. Much of the land is undeveloped, and developed property is primarily used for industrial uses such as rock crushing, vehicle dismantling and warehousing. All land around the train station site is within the City’s urban limit line and is designated for future annexation and urbanized uses by the City’s General Plan. As a part of the most recent General Plan update in 2002, the City designated some nearby land for transit-supportive uses, including medium and high-density housing to the south, and office uses to the southeast and north.

    Following the 2002 General Plan update, staff concluded that a more thorough planning effort is needed to ensure that the City maximizes opportunities created by the new train station. In 2005, the City Council directed staff to prepare a Specific Plan for land within approximately one-half mile of the station site. This included land within about a ten-minute walk to the train station. In 2008, the City Council expanded the area to be planned eastward to North Gate Road. A map showing the complete planning area can be obtained by clicking on the link at right.

    What is a Specific Plan?

    A Specific Plan is detailed land plan, authorized by state law (Government code Section 65450 et seq.), that provides detailed instructions for implementing the General Plan in portion of the city. To accomplish this, the Train Station Specific Plan will include policy language, land use and infrastructure plans, and implementation elements including zoning, design guidelines and phasing plans. All would be uniquely crafted for the station area, within the framework of a clearly articulated vision for development of a transit- and pedestrian-oriented district.

    If you have further questions about the Train Station Specific Plan project, please contact Dave Feinstein, Senior Planner as follows:

    Dave Feinstein
    Community Development Department
    1000 Webster Street
    Fairfield, CA 94533