UC Villages


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Merced
Document Title
UC Villages
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Merced County GP: “Merced Rural Residential Center” No. 1 Rural-Residential (R-R). Merced County Zoning: Rural Residential/Single Family Residential. City of Merced GP: Community Plan, Mixed-Use TOD Character
Document Description
The UC Villages Planned Development Master Plan (UC Villages or proposed project) includes the annexation of six parcels totaling 37.23 acres from Merced County into the City of Merced, located across from the UC Merced campus. The site would be pre-zoned as Planned Development (P-D), which allows for a variety of development types that carry out the objectives of the City's General Plan. Within the annexed area, 35.6 acres would be developed with up to 700 muti-family and/or student housing residential units with approximately 18,000 square feet (sf) of amenity buildings (recreational center), approximately 30,000 sf of commercial/retail, and an approximately 75,000-sf hotel with up to 200 guest rooms.

Contact Information

Kim Espinosa
Agency Name
City of Merced
Job Title
Temporary Director of Development Services
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Citywide, Countywide, Unincorporated
Cross Streets
Bellevue Road and Lake Road
Total Acres
Parcel #
060-590-016, -017, -019, -025, -026, and 060-020-016
UC Merced, Cruickshank Middle School
Lake Yosemite, Yosemite Lateral Canal, Fairfield Canal, Le Grand Canal

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), 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 Natural Resources Agency, 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), State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
Development Types
Residential (Units 654, Acres 1), Commercial (Sq. Ft. 105000, Acres 1, Employees 1), Other (Hotel - 200 rooms)
Local Actions
Prezone, Annexation
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Economics/Jobs, Energy, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


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 Agency(ies)]

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