Sunday, September 21, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Nishi property back before City Council

gateway mapW

By
From page A1 | February 11, 2014 |

Learn more

Who: Davis City Council

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Community Chambers, City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd.

Watch it: Live on Comcast Channel 16 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99; streamed at www.cityofdavis.org

They’re calling it the Downtown University Gateway District.

It’s a joint planning initiative involving the city, UC Davis, a county land-use agency and a property owner that is headed back before the City Council on Tuesday.

The report will include what Mike Webb — city director of community development and sustainability — said would be a lengthy presentation on different visions of how the university, city and property owner might develop the site with access by vehicle and bike to the university and downtown.

Those plans offer the most fleshed-out vision so far of an innovation park and research district that could, in theory, house businesses that would pull city finances into the black in the long term.

City staff, UCD representatives and a consultant, Perkins + Will, will each present different aspects of the project, focusing on land uses, open space, transportation connections, sustainability and neighborhood transitions.

The proposed development includes 42 acres in the UC Davis East Village, 11 acres along Olive Drive and 45 acres on what is called the Nishi Property, although it’s owned by Tim Ruff. The Nishi property abuts the university on it southeast side, near the Mondavi Center.

The long presentation Tuesday night is also a couple of years in the making.

In 2012 the city, county and the campus applied to the Strategic Growth Council for a sustainable communities planning grant. According to a city staff report, competition was stiff and the application didn’t make it.

The same year, the City Council approved a funding and negotiation agreement for the Nishi property. It also committed $100,000 for the pre-development of the property.

At the time, city development staff and the property owner, officially called Nishi Gateway, LLC, wanted to build the property up into 600 units of high-density housing, plus research and business space.

The owner and the city agreed to share the costs of pre-development. The price tag could rise, however. Because the 45-acre Nishi property is outside of city and university boundaries, it will require a yes vote of the majority of voters as a Measure R issue.

Following the presentation and any instructions from City Council, staff and other representatives plan on taking the idea to the people in a series of meetings.

First would be so-called stakeholders, which include adjacent property owners and the business community, then public workshops to test whether the ideas fit “community culture and character.”

City staff is set to recommend that the city hire a public outreach consultant to engage with the community.

— Reach Dave Ryan at 530-747-8057. Follow him on Twitter at @davewritesnews.com

Comments

comments

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Elementary school counselors: necessary, but poorly funded

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
     
    Bet Haverim hosts High Holy Day services

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1

     
    Teams assess damage as wildfire burns

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    Driver arrested for DUI after Saturday morning crash

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

    Help raise funds for juvenile diabetes cure

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Jewelry, art for sale at Senior Center

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Davis Community Meals needs cooks

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    UC campus chancellors granted hefty pay raises

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

     
    Send kids to camp!

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Da Vinci awarded $38,000 for restorative justice program

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A4

     
    Hawk Hill trip planned Sept. 30

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Outdoor yoga marathon celebrates community

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

    Wise words

    By Sue Cockrell | From Page: A12

     
    .

    Forum

    Awareness is key to this fight

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Where is this going?

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: A6

    We’re living in the Golden State of emergency

    By Debra DeAngelo | From Page: A6

     
    Options for protection come with flu season

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

    Are we there yet? Not enough hours in the day to goof off

    By Tanya Perez | From Page: A6Comments are off for this post

     
    Paso Fino — it’s not worth it

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    Archer will get my vote

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    It’s time for Davis Scouts to stand up for what is right

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

    Mike Keefe cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

     
    Building something at schools’ HQ

    By Our View | From Page: A10

    Don’t sell city greenbelt

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    Paso Fino project is flawed

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    Speak out

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    Maybe David can beat Goliath again

    By Lynne Nittler | From Page: A11 | Gallery

    .

    Sports

    DHS gets on its Morse to beat Edison

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    JV Blue Devils drop low-scoring affair

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: B2

     
    Wire briefs: Giants rally falls short in San Diego

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

    Four local swimmers qualify for Olympic Trials

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3

     
    Republic FC’s fairy tale season continues

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B3 | Gallery

    ‘We’re a way better team’ than record, says UCD’s Shaffer

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B4 | Gallery

     
    UCD roundup: Aggie men pound Pomona-Pitzer in the pool

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B4

    Davis 15-year-old making a splash in European F4 series

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B8 | Gallery

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    ‘Ladies Foursome’ adds shows

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    .

    Business

    UCD grad’s startup earns kudos at TechCrunch event

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    Styles on target for November debut

    By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A7

    MBI hires VP of marketing

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    Rob White: What is an ‘innovation center’?

    By Rob White | From Page: A9

    Taylor Morrison unveils new Woodland community next weekend

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    .

    Obituaries

    Carol L. Walsh

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    .

    Comics

    Comics: Sunday, September 21, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B8