Aggie Square is to be located at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. The plan is to develop 20 acres of campus property into additional research facilities and mixed-use development for students and employees of UC Davis.
Aggie Square is to be located at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. The plan is to develop 20 acres of campus property into additional research facilities and mixed-use development for students and employees of UC Davis. Aggie Square will include spaces for research, housing, dining, and businesses. It is UC Davis' vision that Aggie Square fosters an environment that can advance the University's academic programs as well as contribute to a strong, healthy community.
It's possible that Aggie Square can exacerbate gentrification in the surrounding Sacramento neighborhoods, or it can lead to economic growth through increased opportunities for local residents. How do we invest in the neighborhoods most impacted by UC Davis without displacing existing residents and local businesses?
UC Davis is a public, taxpayer-financed institution, and as such, has a responsibility to act in the public interest. However, it is up to the at-risk neighborhoods and constituencies to demand that UC Davis act in the public interest by developing plans, policies and programs that will benefit vulnerable communities and build up existing residents and their neighborhood institutions. Through our CDAT's discussions about Aggie Square with City, County and UC Med Center officials, it became clear that no one is doing this for us. Our elected officials have not reached out to us and have not acted on our behalf in this effort. It is uptimes us- neighborhood residents and community organizations with whom residents engage.
On Dec. 21, 2020, Sacramento Investment Without Displacement filed a Petition for a Writ of Mandate in Superior Court. SIWD and our members had commented on UC Davis' DRAFT Environmental Impact Report for Aggie Square. Our comments reflected our analysis that the draft EIR was inadequate in discussing and proposing mitigations for the impact that the Aggie Square development will have on the communities surrounding the development. UC Davis subsequently published a FINAL EIR without responding adequately to these concerns. In the Petition we filed on Dec. 21, our three primary causes of action arenas follows:
1. inadequate analysis and proposed mitigations in the EIR of the project's effects on localized housing demand in the immediately-surrounding disadvantaged communities (and the secondary environmental effects of that housing demand change); and
2. UC Davis' dismissal in the EIR of any obligation to Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing law, including but not limited to that of complaint #1 above; and
3. an unlawful claim by UC Davis in the EIR of exemption from analysing and mitigating transportation impacts under the new SB 743 guidelines, while fully disclosing significant Vehicle Miles Traveled impacts elsewhere in the EIR.
You can find SIWD's Petition fornWrit of Mandate HERE.