Downtown Davis Specific Plan and Form Based Code

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Davis
Document Title
Downtown Davis Specific Plan and Form Based Code
Document Type
EIR - Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Present Land Use: Downtown commercial area with mix of uses including commercial, offices, restaurants, public, and residential uses.
Document Description
The proposed project is intended to implement the community’s vision for the Downtown for reinvestment and future development through a 2040 horizon year and to achieve the community’s underlying goal of sustainability through safe multi-modal transportation, public access, adaptability to the future, guided by a form-based development approach. The proposed project would replace the former 1996 Core Area Specific Plan (CASP) and includes more regulatory authority, largely through the Form-Based Code. Once adopted, the Specific Plan would serve as the overarching land use policy document and provide new zoning and development standards that guide long term development and infrastructure and foster a vibrant Downtown Davis with a mix of residential and non-residential uses. As such, the proposed project would consolidate or amend several existing plans and regulations which exist in the city of Davis. The proposed project allows for the addition of 1,000 residential units and 600,000 square feet of nonresidential development in the project area by 2040. Because the project area is largely built out, the proposed project assumes development would occur as either infill of vacant lots, or as redevelopment of existing buildings or additional building on underutilized sites. The Form-Based Code is the primary mechanism to implement the Specific Plan. The proposed project includes eight primary land use designations and related development standards, with additional regulations pertaining to existing historic resources and various design elements. Building configurations and maximum heights would include detached, attached, and a mix of both detached and attached, with heights ranging from between two- and five-stories with limited seven-story buildings permitted in select areas. The proposed project identifies strategies to protect and preserve the existing historic resources in the project area while encouraging adaptive use and sensitive redevelopment. The proposed project includes several mobility provisions which encourage improvements to the public realm through a downtown circulation plan incorporated into the proposed project. These improvements would include preserving a safe and enjoyable pedestrian network, promotion of bicycling and transit, and the concentration of automobile transit on thoroughfare roadways. Improvements include streetscape improvements, grade-separated bicycle and pedestrian crossings, signalized intersections, intersection reconfiguration, protected and shared-use cycle tracks, and signal coordination. The proposed project includes policies which encourage the improvement of infrastructure within the project area. Such improvements include requiring low impact development and green infrastructure, stormwater management, water use, reuse, and conservation, and infrastructure for water supply and sanitary sewer water. The project requires the following approvals by the City of Davis for the project to proceed: 1. Certification of the EIR and adoption of the Mitigation Monitoring Plan. 2. Adoption of the Downtown Davis Specific Plan. 3. General Plan Amendment for the related land use map changes. 4. Adoption of the Downtown Form Based Code and related rezone of the plan area. 5. Zoning Ordinance Amendments related to the rezoning and code changes.

Contact Information

Eric Lee
Agency Name
City of Davis
Job Title
Senior Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Mark Teague
Agency Name
Job Title
Managing Principal, Environmental Services
Contact Types
Consulting Firm


Cross Streets
Generally bounded by 1st St., A St., Russell Blvd., 5th St., E. 8th St. and Union Pacific Railro
Total Acres
State Highways
Interstate 80 and State Route 11
Various DJUSD schools; UC Davis
Putah Creek

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 3 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Energy Commission, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, District 9, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region 2 (CDFW), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Sacramento Region 5 (RWQCB)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region 2 (CDFW), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Sacramento Region 5 (RWQCB)
Development Types
Residential (Specific Plan to accommodate up to 1,000 units. )(Units 1000, Acres 132), Commercial (Specific Plan to plan for up to 600,000 sq. ft. of commercial )(Sq. Ft. 600000, Acres 132, Employees 1501)
Local Actions
General Plan Amendment, Specific Plan, Rezone
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Noise, Tribal Cultural Resources
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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