The Nugget Fields Site (known to the Davis Joint Unified School District as the 'Wildhorse Site') has been in potential flux for several years. As of 3/4/2008, the DJUSD has officially convened an advisory committee to discuss the disposition of the site. This committee is referred to as the '7/11 Committee' because the code that calls for it's formation specifies that it have not less than 7 nor more than 11 members.
Due to provisions in State law (namely the Naylor Act), the DJUSD needed to find a use for the property or decide that it was officially surplus (meaning the district had no educational use for the property) or else it faced the possibility of being forced to sell it to a public concern (ie the City of Davis or Yolo County) for a fraction of its value. Being under a strict timeline forced by the Naylor Act, the committee asked for and received permission from the school district to bifurcate it's duties: it would decide whether the property was surplus separate from soliciting input from the community of potential future uses. In March, the committee recommended and the DJUSD approved that the property be declared surplus.
The next committee meeting is Tuesday, May 6th at 7pm in the Birch Lane Elementary multipurpose room. This is a public meeting requesting input on potential future uses of the property. At the moment the school district favors the idea of working with the community to decide on a broad plan for the property, applying for any necessary changes in zoning, and then selling it to a developer who will work on the overall plan.
A link to a member of a previous 7/11 Committee's comments: Davis Voice
Below is the official description of the committee:
SURPLUS REAL PROPERTY ADVISORY ("7/11") COMMITTEE DEFINED
Pursuant to the State of California Education Code Sections 17387-17391, an advisory committee shall be formed to advise the District and Board of Education regarding an alternative use for District surplus property or real property prior to its disposition by sale, lease, or rental exceeding 30 days. The committee shall consist of not less than seven (7) nor more than eleven (11) members. The committee must represent a cross-section of the community in regards to socio-economic composition, ethnic group, profession, expertise in land planning, etc.
FORMATION OF THE "7/11" COMMITTEE
District staff is responsible for the formation of the "7/11" Committee. The District will be soliciting applications from the community for Board of Education review and appointment. It is recommended that the committee includes the following representatives of the community:
- Representative of the ethnic, age group, and socioeconomic composition of the District
- Business community including, but not limited to, store owners, managers, or supervisors
- Landowners, renters, or neighborhood association members
- Parent(s) of students
- Persons with expertise in environmental planning, legal contracts, building codes, or land use planning
DUTIES OF THE COMMITTEE The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to advise the governing board in the development of District-wide policies and procedures to govern the use or disposition of school buildings, space or property which is not used for school purposes (Education Code Section 17388).
The Committee will be responsible for the following:
Review data as provided by the District to determine the amount of surplus space and real property.
b. Establish a priority list of use of surplus space and real property that will be acceptable to the community.
c. Make a final determination of limits of tolerance of use of space and real property.
d. Forward to the District’s Governing Board an advisory report recommending uses of surplus space and real property.