Have traffic impacts to Spring Lake been analyzed? How will traffic impacts be addressed?

Key roadway segments in Spring Lake including Parkland Avenue and Marston Drive will extend and connect into the proposed WRTP Plan Area as described in Chapter 4 of the Specific Plan.  Buffered bike lanes and off street Class 1 bike trails will similarly extend into the plan area along Marston and Parkland between Harry Lorenzo and Road B (see Land Use Plan). Parkland Avenue will eventually extend west over Highway 113, but the overpass extension will not take place until future build out of Specific Plan areas “SP-1B” or “SP-1C”, located west of Hwy 113, as described in the 2035 General Plan.   All segments of CR25A between CR102 and Hwy 113 will be completed with Plan Area build out, or earlier, including the extension of the urban forest trail on the north side of CR25A. 

Circulation planning for the Woodland Research and Technology Park Plan Area took into account potential increased traffic volumes that may impact the Spring Lake neighborhood.   Where existing roadway networks within Spring Lake were designed to extend into the Tech Park plan area (Parkland, Marston) roadway design incorporates a variety of design features including roundabouts, signalized intersections, narrow roadway widths, enhanced pedestrian crossings, and on street parking and bike lanes that have the effect of reducing vehicle speeds.    

A Traffic Impact Study (“TIS”) was completed for the project in April 2021, which analyzed Level of Service impacts for road segments and intersections throughout the WRTP Plan Area as well as in Spring Lake as a result of Plan Area build out.  Level of Service or LOS, is a term used to quantitatively describe the operating conditions of a roadway based on factors such as speed, travel time, and delay.   The TIS demonstrated that build out of the WRTP Plan Area will not result in roadway capacity issues in Spring Lake, due to the fact that arterial roadways in Spring Lake were sized in anticipation of future build out of the WRTP to the west.  There are two intersections adjacent to Spring Lake that do not meet the General Plan LOS policy goals, the Gibson Road/Pioneer Avenue and Gibson Road/Harry Lorenzo Avenue/bourn Drive intersections.  However, these intersections were already projected to not meet the General Plan LOS policy goals with buildout of the south area. 

While traffic volume is expected to increase with the build out of Spring Lake and the build out of the WRTP Plan Area, design and traffic calming measures will help maintain appropriate vehicle speeds within both the Tech Park and Spring Lake neighborhoods and discourage cut through traffic through existing and future local roads and neighborhoods. 

One of the more extensive circulation related improvements in the Plan Area will include modification to the CR25A / Hwy 113 interchange to accommodate increased traffic volumes and peak hour trips at this facility.    City staff will continue to work with Caltrans on the timing, design and construction of necessary improvements.

[Updated July 2023]

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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?