After observing first-hand the success of other PBID operations in our region, engaged owners started talking about forming such an entity in Carmichael about ten years in advance. Over those preceding years, concerns only worsened. Thanks to the County of Sacramento resource commitment to catalyzing district formation in communities across the County as well as the encouragement of Supervisor Susan Peters, a steering committee got to work in earnest in September 2015 identifying, visioning, and working with owners toward shaping the Carmichael District.  The Carmichael Chamber of Commerce, itself an advocate for vibrant and active business in the area for over sixty years, determined and attracted resources to this effort while providing organizational support.  Chamber executive Linda Melody maintained active engagement at each step of the development process.  

Heading the formation effort as Chair was Gary Hursh, a property owner and lawyer practicing on Fair Oaks Boulevard for most of the last forty years.  A persuasive and relentless advocate for progress in Carmichael, Gary connected with fellow owners in compelling ways. Difficulties were understood for what they were and the solutions to be found through such a district were clearly expressed.  Brooks Erickson, who had worked in the District for over 15 years, made essential contributions to the team in research, technology deployment, and strategy over the formation process.  We are grateful for the numerous owners and community members who valued the idea and contributed time and effort toward success.

After receiving written petitions from over 51% of the property owners, the Board of Supervisors put formation to a vote of all owners in the Fall of 2016.  Ballots were counted in the County of Sacramento offices on December 6, 2016, wherein 68.7% of those Carmichael real property owners voted "Yes" to create the Carmichael Improvement District, thus authorizing its operation to commence for a five-year period.  The expectations are high and the work is being addressed as CID has been actively working on behalf of property owners in the district since that time.

As an overview of this effort, bringing to fruition years of consideration, the process of identifying concerns as well as reasonable and cost-effective solutions to viably address the needs was our first order.  As costs drove the process, determination of ways to provide for those expenses followed the critical review of need. The visioning and conceptualizing of a district concept over Carmichael followed.  Key milestones and progress increments for us were:

Formation Steering Committee