The Davis Collection - University Mall Redevelopment

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Davis
Document Title
The Davis Collection - University Mall Redevelopment
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Document Description
The proposed project would redevelop the existing University Mall with a new commercial retail shopping center (The Davis Collection). The project includes demolition of the existing 96,680 square-foot enclosed mall, tree removal, and redevelopment of the site with 101,246 square feet of new commercial retail space and related site improvements for patio and plaza area, walkway, parking, landscaping, a sound wall, and circulation improvements. The existing 13,210 square-foot Trader Joe’s building will remain and continue in operation, but will have new exterior façade improvements. Total project square footage will be 114,456 square feet. In August 2020, the City of Davis approved the University Commons project on the project site for the multi-story, mixed-use development with a retail podium and parking structure and up to 4 stories of residential uses above. It included demolition of the existing enclosed University Mall building, retention of the existing 13,210 square-foot Trader Joe’s building, and construction of up to 136,800 square feet of new retail space, a 246,000 square-foot parking structure, and 264 apartment units on several residential floors above the retail and parking levels. Approved planning entitlements included a General Plan Amendment and Planned Development Rezone, along with a Demolition Permit and a Development Agreement. The project included preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (2020 EIR) that evaluated the environmental impacts of the project. However, the University Commons project design was conceptual and additional planning applications were necessary to review the details of the final site layout (Final Planned Development) and design (Design Review). Details of the project design were submitted as The Davis Collection proposal for a retail-only project. The overall site layout, circulation, and driveways of the proposed Davis Collection project are consistent with the University Commons approval and proposed retail development is consistent with the approval and EIR analysis. An Environmental Consistency Analysis was prepared to analyze the currently proposed project to determine its consistency within the scope of the certified University Commons EIR and to determine whether construction or operation of the proposed project would result in any new or substantially more severe significant environmental impacts than those identified in the 2020 EIR, or require new mitigation measures. Per CEQA Guidelines Section 15162(a), the proposed project would not require further environmental review if the proposed project would not result in new significant impacts or new significantly changed mitigation measures. The Environmental Consistency Analysis determined that the proposed project would not involve new significant environmental effects or a substantial increase in the severity of previously identified significant effects that were not previously identified in the 2020 EIR and does not change the analysis or conclusions of the 2020 EIR. Additionally, no new mitigation measures are required. The environmental impacts associated with the proposed project are within the scope of impacts analyzed in the 2020 EIR and would not be new or greater. It was determined that no additional environmental review is required. It is noted that the proposed project consists of the first phase of development for the original project analyzed within the 2020 EIR. Future phases would also be reviewed in a similar manner to determine consistency with the 2020 EIR. The adopted mitigation measures of the University Commons EIR that are applicable to the proposed project were identified in the Environmental Consistency Analysis and have been clarified and adopted for the currently proposed project.

Contact Information

Eric Lee
Agency Name
City of Davis, Community Development and Sustainability Department
Job Title
Senior Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
737-885 Russell Boulevard
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
SR 113

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
City of Davis
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On
County Clerk
Final Environmental Document Available at
City of Davis, Community Development and Sustainability Department, 23 Russell Blvd., Suite 2, Davis, CA 95616


(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes (Environmental Consistency Analysis Checklist)
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA


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