Regarding the 5/15/2019 Court decision on the Trackside project
The Old East Davis Neighborhood Association is grateful that the Court conducted a thorough review of the administrative record and made a well-considered decision. The Court was unusually diligent, in that the Parties were brought together for a second hearing to ensure that all relevant aspects of the case were presented.
It was never the neighborhood's intention to prevent redevelopment of this site. We support infill. In a Davis Enterprise Op Ed on Sept 24, 2017, we showed that the Trackside proposal could be downscaled to fit within neighborhood Design Guidelines and City zoning. The Court's ruling is a good outcome that could lead to a well-designed, transitional building that is consistent with Davis' land use policies.
Background: On 15 May 2019, Judge Samuel T. McAdam ruled that the Trackside project approved by the Davis City Council "is not consistent with the City of Davis planning provisions governing the transition between the Core Area to the Old East Davis neighborhood," citing, among other things, the much greater size of the project as compared to nearby buildings that are in the Core Commercial Area, in contrast to the designated transitional area where Trackside was approved to be built. Thus, Judge McAdam ordered the City to "vacate and rescind all approvals associated with the project." Here is the complete ruling: