Public comments on Draft Environmental Impact Report accepted through Dec 20
(From press release) The City of Davis Planning Commission will conduct a public meeting on the University Commons Project Draft EIR, as described below, at a meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 in the Community Chambers, City Offices, 23 Russell Boulevard, Davis, California. Please contact the Department of Community Development and Sustainability for the approximate time this item will be heard.
The Planning Commission is scheduled to review the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that has been prepared for the University Commons Project located at 737-885 Russell Boulevard, known as University Mall. The proposed project would demolish approximately 90,653 square feet of the existing University Mall building to create a new mixed-use development. Buildout of the proposed project would result in the addition of 264 new multi-family residential units and approximately 136,800 square feet of retail space, not including the existing Trader Joe’s building, which would be retained as-is. The proposed 264 multi-family residential units would include a mix of unit types with a total of 622 bedrooms and 894 beds. The ARCO gas station is not part of the proposed project or project site and would also remain unchanged.
Planning entitlements include an amendment to the General Plan for a change in the land use to a mixed use designation, a Rezone of the site to Preliminary Planned Development, and Demolition. Additional review of building architecture and final site design is required.
Draft Environmental Impact Report Review:
The Draft EIR (SCH#2018112044) prepared for the project was released for a 45-day public comment period, which ends on December 20, 2019. As part of the public review, the Draft EIR is being presented to the Planning Commission for comment. The document evaluates the environmental impacts of the project pursuant to CEQA requirements. It identified significant impacts related to Air Quality, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Energy, and Noise, but impacts were reduced to a less-than-significant level through the implementation of mitigation measures. The Draft EIR that impacts related to Transportation and Circulation would remain significant and unavoidable even after implementation of feasible mitigation measures.
Following the public comment period and review of the comments, a Final EIR will be prepared. Subsequent public hearings by the Planning Commission and City Council to consider the Final EIR and project entitlements are required and will be publicly noticed when they are scheduled. Project information is available online at the project website below.
Availability of Documents:
The project application file is available for review at the Department of Community Development and Sustainability, 23 Russell Boulevard, Suite 2, Davis, California, 95616. Project documents are also available online at: https://www.cityofdavis.org/city-hall/community- development-and-sustainability/development-projects/university-commons.
Staff reports for the public meeting are generally available five (5) days prior to the meeting date and may also be available by contacting the project planner. Planning Commission staff reports are available through the City’s website at: https://cityofdavis.org/city-hall/city- council/commissions-and-committees/planning-commission/agendas-and-minutes.
All interested parties are invited to attend the meeting or send written comments to the project planner at: City of Davis, Department of Community Development and Sustainability, c/o Eric Lee, Project Planner, 23 Russell Boulevard, Suite 2, Davis, California, 95616; or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. To ensure comments will be distributed, comments are requested to be provided no later than 12:00 noon the date of the meeting. For questions please call the project planner at: (530) 757-5610 x 7237.
The City does not transcribe its proceedings. Persons who wish to obtain a verbatim record should arrange for attendance by a court reporter or for some other acceptable means of recordation. Such arrangements will be at the sole expense of the person requesting the recordation. If you challenge the action taken on this matter in court, the challenge may be limited to raising only those issues raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence to the Director of Department of Community Development and Sustainability or City Clerk at, or prior to, the public hearing.