The Sacramento City Council has approved a plan to help developers create 10,000 "infill" housing units.
Tyrone Roderick Williams is with the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency. He says the Building and Planning Departments will eliminate inefficiencies and conflicting regulations by the end of this year, while they create a "builders' toolkit."
"We've not had that in the past. We've got a lot of great tools that people can use. But the toolkit really assembles all of that information in one place that they can access."
He says the city will also create an environmental impact report that will allow for construction in different areas of downtown.
"What that does for the individual developer is It allows them to move through the development approval process faster and that's all about helping them develop housing here downtown."
The city does not have enough money to pay its share of development costs now and is looking for other sources.
Part of Sacramento has already been named a federal "Promise Zone" which would give it an advantage when applying for federal grants.
In late October, 15 federal agencies are expected to visit Sacramento and discuss what funding and assistance each might provide.