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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.