Economic Development

Economic Development Overview

The City of Live Oak, with a current population of approximately 8,500 residents is strategically located along the Highway 99 corridor between Yuba City and Chico. The City is poised for economic growth, and welcomes your serious consideration of investing in the community’s future.

Live Oak’s Trade Area Demographics
Live Oak’s retail market area extends beyond the City’s jurisdictional limits, and includes an estimated 11,484 people and 3,343 households. Live Oak is a growing community that anticipates a 35 percent increase in population by 2035. This growth will result in 11,233 residents and a retail market area of 15,439 people by 2035. Learn more about Live Oak’s demographics.

Live Oak’s Market Demand
A market demand exists for retail, office, and residential development. There is currently a retail deficit of 76,690 square feet, a deficit that is anticipated to grow to approximately 150,000 square feet by 2035. Live Oak has limited leasable office properties, which are typically fully leased. This indicates that the market is undersupplied and likely could support additional office space. An additional 23,283 square feet of office space will be required to meet the projected growth in professional and medical office employment by 2035. With 2,892 additional residents or 846 additional households anticipated by 2035, Live Oak could support approximately 685 single-family units and 119 multi-family units. Check out the Downtown Reinvestment Plan below to learn more about Live Oak’s market demand and reinvestment opportunities.

Public Investment and City Resources

Highway 99 Streetscape Plan
Highway 99 Streetscape Plan

Live Oak is committed to making significant public investments and supporting and incentivizing private investment. The City is currently making significant improvements to Live Oak’s infrastructure, and completing plans and studies as a strategy to encourage private investment. The City develops an annual Community and Economic Development Action Plan, and offers a Technical Advisory Committee to support businesses and development projects.

Current activities include detailed design of the first phase of the Highway 99 streetscape improvements from Ash Street north to Ramsdell Drive; reconstructing Pennington Road from Broadway to Connecticut, and from Larkin Road east to the City limits; and the Live Oak Recreation Trail—a one-mile multi-use trail for bicyclists and pedestrians along an abandoned railroad right-of-way from Apricot Street, north through downtown. To learn more about these and other public investments, see the information below or contact Jim Goodwin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 530-695-2112).

Technical Advisory Committee
Live Oak is committed to the goal of ensuring that investment dollars are spent on quality projects, not unnecessary process. Our Technical Advisory Committee is available to help you move forward with your business or development project. Please schedule an appointment by contacting Alison Schmidt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling (530) 695-2112.

2017 Community Economic Development Action Plan
The Live Oak City Council adopts an annual Community and Economic Development Action Plan that outlines the Council’s strategic goals for the year. Please review the plan for a glimpse of the community’s overall direction.

Downtown Reinvestment Plan – 2015
Downtown Reinvestment Plan (Plan) identifies opportunity sites for infill development, introduces development concepts, and provides practical strategies and concrete action steps to attract infill development and public and private investment in the Plan Area. The Plan also provides updated information regarding market support for new infill development in Live Oak. The Plan was accepted by City Council on October 21, 2015. The Please contact Jim Goodwin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 530-695-2112) with any questions about the Plan.

2015 Leo Chesney Facility Reuse Project
The City prepared a report that investigates the condition of the Leo Chesney Facility, recommends reuse possibilities, and crafts an initial reuse feasibility plan that could be used to open discussions with developers, investors, or users.

Live Oak Retail Market Analysis Report –2009
Assessment of Live Oak’s retail industry and potential market support for retail uses.

Downtown Historic Business District Infrastructure Needs Assessment – 2013
This study evaluates the infrastructure of Live Oak’s Historic Business District, provides design recommendations, and cost estimates.

City of Live Oak 2030 General Plan and Environmental Impact Report
Live Oak’s 2030 General Plan contains goals, policies, and implementation programs to guide land use and development decisions in the future.

City of Live Oak 2013-2021 Housing Element
The Housing Element is one of the required elements of the General Plan, and provides the City with a coordinated and comprehensive strategy for promoting the production of safe, decent, and affordable housing.

Local Business Resources

DowntownPlease visit the following agency websites below to learn how to take advantage of technical assistance and financial resources available to businesses.

Small Business Development Center – Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce
Assists entrepreneurs and small businesses through business consulting, training and business information. For more information please call 530-743-6501 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sutter One Stop – Business Services
Offers a variety of employment-related services and information about tax credits and other financial resources offered by the State of California.

Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corporation
Provides technical assistance, loans, and incentives to businesses.

Live Oak Chamber of Commerce
Provides networking and advertising services, and sponsors community festivals and events.

Center for Economic Development at California State University of Chico
Provides Business Feasibility Studies and other business research services.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)
Offers small business rebates and incentives.

Encouraging Development in Live Oak

The City of Live Oak welcomes new development and is ready to actively support property owners, developers, and businesses to thrive in Live Oak. In October, 2015 the City completed the Downtown Reinvestment Plan which identifies opportunity sites and associated development action steps. Live Oak property information is also available through the Sutter County Assessor webpage. Please review the information below, and contact City staff to discuss how we can support your ideas and development concepts for your property.


Downtown Reinvestment Plan Opportunity Sites
Live Oak’s Downtown Reinvestment Plan describes potential development concepts for the three Downtown Reinvestment Plan Opportunity Sites (Opportunity Sites), followed by a discussion of development strategies and actions to help spur redevelopment and reinvestment in the Downtown Reinvestment Plan Area. The strategies and actions are then compiled in a matrix format to provide a quick reference for property owners, developers, decision makers, and other interested parties. Please refer to Chapter 4 of the Downtown Reinvestment Plan for detailed information.

The Downtown Reinvestment Plan includes an Opportunity Site Booklet that provides a graphic illustration of potential development concepts for the three opportunity sites identified in the Plan.

Property Information – Sutter County Parcel Viewer
Sutter County’s parcel viewer allows searches for property information by the Assessor Parcel Number (APN) or street address. Access this information by visiting the County Assessor webpage and select ParcelQuest Lite.

Commercial Real Estate Search – LoopNet
Search for commercial real estate that is for sale or lease at LoopNet.