There is a development proposal to convert about 30 acres of prime agricultural land bordering the south side of Davis into 11 estate-style luxury home sites, under the auspices of Yolo County’s untested clustered agricultural housing ordinance. If approved, the proposal would be the first implementation of this ordinance, which has the stated intent of helping farming families to remain on their land.
The county ordinance has a reasonable goal, but rather than conforming to the spirit of this plan, this proposal reflects the worst kind of suburban sprawl that the city of Davis has always rejected. Davis citizens would not be well-served by trading the historical rural character of its southern border for 11 large houses and assorted outbuildings on a series of 2.5-acre or larger plots.
We encourage the Davis City Council and citizens to voice their opposition to this proposal to the Yolo County Board of Supervisors.
Greg P. Link and Paul D. Hastings