Don’t develop east of Mace

By From page A10 | October 25, 2013

The following is a copy of a letter to Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza:

I am writing to express my support for your opposition to delaying the designation of Leland Ranch as open space in perpetuity, the intended purpose of its purchase. I’m dismayed and angered by the designation’s reversal by your colleagues Rochelle Swanson, Brett Lee, Lucas Frerichs and Dan Wolk. Their votes to open for discussion “all the possible land use options” for this open space to the east of the city subjects the entire process to lobbying by businesses and developers and is not in the best interest of residents. Economic development is possible without sprawl.

We in the Mace Ranch area do not enjoy many of the amenities available elsewhere in town. We have no neighborhood shopping except big boxes (we discount the small center on Fifth Street: There is little of use and it shows us only its back side); we have no walkable grocery store except by crossing over the freeway; we have no tennis courts, no swimming or sports complex; and our parks are allocated roughly six recycling containers for the area east of Explorit. The bins we have are insufficient for the trash discarded by Target and Starbucks patrons.

What we do have is an unhindered view of the eastern side of the valley as we travel to and from our homes, silhouetted by the skyline of Sacramento, outlined in the distance by the Sierra and bordered closely by the farmland separating us from the Yolo Bypass.

We are not NIMBYs when it comes to Davis development: Despite its being visible from our bedroom and creating additional litter and traffic, we supported building the Target and other businesses close to Interstate 80 because we recognize the value of that development to the city as a whole.

But not east of Mace Boulevard. No. Undeveloped land and leasable space is still available along the freeway. Other undeveloped land sits next to The Cannery. Leland Ranch was not meant to be included in the city’s development plan; it should be designated as open space.

Please let us know how and when we can oppose any efforts to do otherwise.

Michele and Bob van Eyken

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