Note: Wednesday, the Davis League of Women Voters will host a presentation by Davis Deputy City Manager Kelly Stachowicz on The General Plan "What Is It and Why Do We Care!", 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM, 3300 Cowell Blvd
By Jon Li
Davis’ General Plan expired in 2015, like old milk in the back of the refrigerator.
The current 2002 Davis General Plan (Housing element update 2010-15) is an update of the 1974 Plan. That plan was once ecologically innovative but the California Building Code superseded Davis’ code in 1990.
The 1987 General Plan had so little public participation that it was quickly out of date. In 1993-4, 16 Davis committees worked on policies for a new general plan in such areas as youth, seniors, art, social services, community computer networks and economic development, as well as the state mandated plan elements like housing, transportation infrastructure, public safety and open space.
Any innovation died there. A group of anti-growth activists prolonged the process several years, and buried the innovation in the back of the plan. The only thing that matters about the current Davis General Plan is kill any economic development because it might cause change.