Soon, voters will be asked to decide the fate of two developer-driven proposals (MRIC, and Nishi).
Why doesn’t the city take a more pro-active approach, regarding developments beyond our city limits? The current process seems to consist of waiting for a proposal, reviewing it, and presenting it to voters.
Voters are in a position of power, in Davis. Why wouldn’t our leaders ask developers to put their “best offer” on the table, to make the proposal more appealing to voters? For example, developers could offer to mitigate the negative effects of development proposals via increased financial contributions to the city, agricultural/open space preservation, or direct construction of desired projects (bike paths, etc.).
This approach might make the process easier for developers, as well. Such an approach may reduce resistance from voters, and increase the chances of approval for any given proposal. Voters would also feel more empowered by the process, and would no longer feel that they are at the “whim” of the latest proposal.