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The City of Davis Community Development Department will be hosting a "visioning process" for the Simmons Estate, an undeveloped 12-acre site on East Eight Street, adjacent to the Davis Cemetery.

This includes three evening workshops on September 17th, 18th and 20th at the Fred T. Korematsu Elementary School, and an open design studio in the community room of the Walnut Terrace Apartments at 3101 5th Street.

Your participation will ensure that a broad cross-section of the community is involved in the planning process, which is crucial for the creation of a shared vision for development of the site.


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2007-09-04 20:40:44   Did the City buy the property? —JasonAller

2007-09-04 21:41:12   I don't believe the ownership has left the family... although the "announcement flyer" doesn't make that clear. Any change from the current agricultural use and zoning would take planning approvals. It isn't plausible that the owners could get those approvals without something close to accord — so the Planning Department decided (or was directed?) to be proactive. I have also been told by a former "Sunrise Farm" resident that a change would require a Measure J vote, though the land is already within City limits. —DougWalter

2007-09-04 21:47:38   So if someone were to buy the place and build a single family residence on it and use the rest for some manner of agricultural use there wouldn't be any need for input from the community? —JasonAller

2008-04-30 01:06:28   To answer your question, Jason, the city gets to approve or deny any development plan for the property, whether it's one single-family residence or a 120-unit multi-family development. Whether they own it doesn't matter. The city has to accept public comment, but I think it's pretty much up to them what that means. In Davis it usually means having lots of public meetings and discussions.

And to address Doug's comment, a Measure J vote is not required because the property is not designated as agricultural land on the city's land use map. In fact, it is zoned as "residential high-density". Here's a link to the map if you're interested . —JeremyOgul