University Vista Project

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Merced
Document Title
University Vista Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Agricultural-Residential (A-R); Rural-Residential (R-R)
Document Description
The University Vista project area is located within the City of Merced’s Sphere of Influence (SOI)/Specific Urban Development Plan (SUDP) area and the City is proposing to annex the entire 291-acre project site into the City limits. With its proximity to UC Merced, the proposed project is envisioned as a mixed-use community integrating market rate housing, affordable housing, student housing, retail, entertainment, hospitality, restaurant, office and research. The proposed project is also envisioned as a sustainable place to live as its compact form supports a walkable, bikeable and energy-efficient environment and encourages public transportation. Finally, the proposed project would provide an extensive system of preserves, open space, and parks.

Contact Information

Kim Espinosa
Agency Name
City of Merced
Job Title
Planning Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Northern California, Unincorporated
Cross Streets
Lake Road/Bellevue Road
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
State Routes 59, 99, 140

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Education, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 10 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Department of General Services (DGS), Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), Department of Toxic Substances Control
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), Department of Toxic Substances Control
Development Types
Residential (Units 4176, Acres 102.9), Commercial (Sq. Ft. 472957, Acres 21.8, Employees 1625)
Local Actions
General Plan Amendment, Prezone, Annexation
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Energy, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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