I strongly request that the City Council choose the option to follow the will of the voters, who bought the 391 acres of land east of Mace Boulevard with open space money, plus support from the Yolo Land Trust/USDA grant, and lock the parcel away in a permanent easement.
I was on the Open Space Commission for years, and we worked hard to make sure that there was not ever going to be an Interstate 80 sprawl zone, including acquiring this parcel east of Davis and a large parcel on I-80 just west of Putah Creek. This land is highly visible to the tens of thousands of motorists who use I-80 every day, as well as Amtrak passengers.
We have only been saved from West Sacramento sprawl by the Yolo Bypass, so let’s not start our own visual blight. There are other options for the 391 acres, including demonstrations of innovative farming options, that far better serve the growing population in the eastern and southern areas of the city.
I request the council examine other developmental options that have not been bought and paid for by the citizens of Davis by their open space bond funds, and leave this parcel alone.