What are the required project approvals/entitlements, timeline, and process going forward? When can I provide comments?

Prior to implementation of the Woodland Research and Technology Park Specific Plan, and prior to future development within the plan area, various entitlements are required and entail approval action by the Woodland City Council as the lead agency and/or other responsible agencies such as the Yolo Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo). The following entitlements (typical of specific plans generally) will apply to the proposed Woodland Research and Technology Park project:

  1. Certification of the project Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and Mitigation Monitoring Plan - City Council will take action to approve and certify the project EIR and Mitigation Monitoring Program for the Specific Plan.
  2. Specific Plan Approval/Adoption and General Plan Amendment - City Council will take action to approve and adopt the Specific Plan and amend the General Plan to create a new City of Woodland land use designation of Woodland Research and Technology Park Specific Plan and amend the Woodland City Limits boundary. This action will also include approval of the LAND PLAN, project design guidelines and performance standards, affordable housing plan and climate action/greenhouse gas reduction strategies for the research/technology park and residential neighborhoods.
  3. Prezoning - City Council will take action to approve the “pre-zoning” of the land within the specific plan area boundary based on the approved land plan in preparation of subsequent annexation of the project site into the Woodland City Limit.
  4. Development Agreement - City Council will approve a Development Agreement for the WRTP to provide certainty and mutual assurances to the City and the project applicant regarding plan build out.
  5. Annexation - City Council will authorize and direct staff to pursue annexation of the project area into the city limits through LAFCo.

Prior to City Council action on the above listed entitlements, a fiscal impact report and establishment of project financing mechanisms (“Project Financing Plan”) will be provided to council for its consideration. 

The Draft WRTP Specific Plan was made available for public review in November 2020.  Community and stakeholder meetings and presentations began in January 2021 and will continue through the Spring to provide information about the project and allow attendees to ask questions and provide comments on the proposed Specific Plan.   Comments and questions are encouraged now and throughout the process and can be provided via email to: ResearchPark@cityofwoodland.org, or during any future public hearing at the Planning Commission or City Council.  

A detailed project schedule and information regarding opportunities for public comment can be found online at  https://www.cityofwoodland.org/584/Community-Outreach-Public-Hearing-Inform, or by clicking HERE.   Please note, the schedule is subject to change and will be updated online accordingly.   

To keep apprised of future meeting and/or public hearing dates, and the availability of documents, please email ResearchPark@cityofwoodland.org and request to be added to the project’s email listserv. 

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1. What are the required project approvals/entitlements, timeline, and process going forward? When can I provide comments?
2. When will the Draft Environmental Impact Report and technical studies be released? When can I comment on this document?
3. When will the Technology Park start construction? What is the anticipated timeline for plan area build out?
4. What are the prospective anchor tenants in the Technology Park? Is there still a need for this type of facility given the “new normal” of working remotely?
5. Will local independent businesses be given priority in locating in the Technology Park? Will the city allocate funds for startup businesses in the plan area?
6. Is the City working with Woodland Community College to focus on long-term workforce development initiatives that will support efforts to train Woodland residents to be competitive for jobs that will
7. Will UC Davis be a development partner, like with Aggie Square in Sacramento?
8. How will the Village Center be developed?
9. What businesses and uses are permitted in the Specific Plan area? Will there be a market or medical clinics, such as an urgent care clinic?
10. When will design of the 11-acre linear park take place? Will there be an opportunity for community input?
11. How wide will the greenbelt be?
12. On the circulation map (Chapter 4, Exhibit 4-2), there is an arrow indicating a future Woodland-Davis bikeway. What is that and when is it planned?
13. How is it ensured that the Tech Park builds out the way it is envisioned today?
14. How much will it cost to build out the project? How is it being funded?
15. Will the housing component have Mello-Roos?
16. How will the Technology Park project impact property taxes in Spring Lake? Will residents in the Technology Park plan area pay the same special tax to the City of Woodland as that paid by residents
17. Has there been any analysis on the potential effect on home/property values in Spring Lake?
18. Will Spring Lake parks be completed before the Technology Park begins construction?
19. Will commercial development in the Technology Park keep pace with residential development? How will this be guaranteed?
20. Will the Specific Plan accommodate a new public elementary school? Where would a school be located and how would it be paid for? How will infrastructure be provided?
21. How does the Specific Plan address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and sustainability? Specifically what features will the plan area incorporate to meet the City’s Climate Action Plan goals and GHG
22. How will the existing agricultural uses be impacted by the project and what is the required mitigation to offset those impacts?
23. Is the processing of marijuana allowed in the Specific Plan area? Are their requirements for odor control?
24. Is the applicant team working with the Woodland Tree Foundation for plan area tree planting and placement?
25. Are apartments or “high density” housing included in the Plan Area and where will it be located?
26. What is the plan to make sure that diversity is maintained and to ensure neighborhoods are not designed only for elites and wealthy?
27. How is affordable housing addressed?
28. How is the Specific Plan addressing police and fire safety? Will police and fire response times be adequate in the Tech Park?
29. Will there be a new cell tower given the increased population in this location?
30. Will the project include Public Art?
31. How is parking addressed throughout the Specific Plan area, in the commercial/Technology Park and residential areas? How and where will visitor/public parking be accommodated? Will there be elect
32. Have traffic impacts to Spring Lake been analyzed? How will traffic impacts be addressed?
33. When will CR 25A be completed?
34. Will there be transit options in the Specific Plan, specifically connecting the plan area to UC Davis/City of Davis Amtrak?
35. Why is the South Regional Pond footprint split roughly 50% within the Specific Plan area and 50% outside the Urban Limit Line south of CR 25A?