Open space is a highly valued component of Davis’ quality of life. That is why we voted to tax ourselves to acquire and maintain lands currently in agricultural use to maintain as open space.
The recent move by the present City Council to quietly move a valued piece of our current inventory of open space into development represents a serious breach of trust and is not the kind of government process a lot of us wish to see.
Your paper’s characterization of the council’s last-minute vote as a vote to “save ag land” is not appropriate, as the risk posed to that land use was initiated by the council and not some exogenous force. If you ask me, the council saved face. This council appears to want to create a brand that differentiates it from councils of recent years by constructing its image as “development-friendly.”
There is a risk there as Davis still has a large constituency that supports slow, balanced growth.