The following email was sent to the Planning Commission in the evening of Jan 11, 2022. (The agenda for the meeting can be found here):
Dear members of the Planning Commission,
I am writing concerning item 6A of your meeting tomorrow (Jan 12), the public hearing on the DiSC 2022 project.
As you may recall, for a project that will be facing a Measure J/R/D vote, the Baseline Features (BFs) are key. The BFs are the only features that are guaranteed parts of the project. In contrast, any features that are part of the Development Agreement can be changed by the City Council. So, in terms of what the project is, and what the voters will be voting on, it is extremely important to know what the BFs are.
As it turns out, a number of BFs have changed or been eliminated in the change from the old DISC (rejected by voters in Nov 2020) and the current DiSC 2022 proposal. Here is my count:
- 19 BFs essentially unchanged
- 2 features enhanced
- 5 BFs changes due to reduction in the size of project (e.g, less housing)
- 7 BFs that offer a weaker version of feature unrelated to changes in project size
- 13 features eliminated altogether (appeared in old DISC but not in DiSC 2022).
Of course, whether these changes are important or not is for you and others to determine, but some of them are arguably important. Indeed, there are changed or eliminated features in each of the main categories, reducing the sustainability, housing, transit, etc., features of the project.
I urge you as Planning Commissioners to query the developer about all of these changes in order to determine if they are justified.
Attached please find a spreadsheet that shows these changes.
The BFs for old DISC can be found online in the following document: http://documents.cityofdavis.org/Media/CommunityDevelopment/Documents/PDF/CDD/Aggie%20Research%20Campus/20-111%20-%20DISC%20Project%20Ballot%20Measure.pdf
Former chair, Open Space & Habitat Commission
**** Download Baseline feature comparison *****