by David Taormino
Davis is one of only a few cities in California that has a self-inflicted shortage of homes and apartments. A massive housing shortage exists in the Bay Area because of the lack of land and tremendous job growth. The same problem occurs in Southern California.
Davis needs more housing of several types: for seniors, locally based employees and more student complexes on campus. At least student apartments have made progress, but none for seniors and others.
The Cannery, has been criticized heavily because 75% of buyers are from out of town or out of the U.S. The New Home Company has advertised state-wide to draw out of area buyers to their development. That’s why we created the Davis Based Buyers’ Proposal.
The expensive homes, narrow streets, tall and crowded looking urban design are generally unappealing to Davis residents. Yet, the No on L leaders think it’s a terrific design: the model for future Davis neighborhoods. I recommend readers “drive” to the Cannery and stand in front of the four-story “lock and leave” condominiums being advertised in Sacramento and San Francisco and imagine the new Davis housing model and your place in it.
By my count, for over 18 years the people in the No on L group have led campaigns to veto 1,800 homes and 2,600 student apartments. How is it possible that in one of the most educated and relatively wealthy cities in the U.S., with a renowned University that only one student apartment complex has been acceptable to them in 18 years? Not one single-family home, on any size lot is suitable. Does that make sense to you?
And now, even housing for Davis seniors can’t escape their wrath. For the last two months the extreme side of the No leadership has attempted to eviscerate every aspect of West Davis Active Adult Community. The good news: several past members of the No group objectively evaluated the neighborhood and support yes.
According to the No side’s propaganda EVERY DESIGN CONCEPT of this mixed-density, single-family, single-story neighborhood is fatally flawed. Not to end there, they write this about our elected City Council:
“… impact fees are not fair or equitable and represent egregious violations of the public trust. This is an abusive developer give away and funding amounts to the subsidizing of developer profits by Davis taxpayers…” (Handout from Alan Pryor, CIV Energy Forum 10/14/2018) emphasis mine
Typically, “egregious violations of the public trust” and “abusive” are words commonly contained in criminal indictments of public officials. Is there no limit to their outrageous claims and downright meanness?
No mention of 18 Davis Commissions and City Council hearings where legitimate concerns of good-hearted persons were addressed. Their real goal is preventing, yet again, needed housing, until Davis voters capitulate to monolithic, four-story glorified apartments like the Cannery or something similar.
The No leadership holds the one perfect view of what Davis housing designs are allowed for others and fiercely attack anyone who suggests anything remotely different. There is only one way and it’s their way.
So, let’s get back to the basics of West Davis Active Adult Community.
First, 380 well-designed cottages, bungalows, condominiums and single-family homes on lots varying from 1,280 sq. ft. to 5,200 sq. ft. with an average lot size of 3,600 sq. ft. Perfectly designed for seniors to age in place.
This will allow eight percent (8%) of the current Davis senior homeowners to comfortably age at home in a specially designed environment for their years 70 to 95. 92% of Davis seniors won’t have these same choices. There’s no space.
76 of the 380 homes will be sized and affordable for young families, new UC Davis faculty and staff and other locally based employees.
Second, 150 very affordable senior apartments providing room for roughly 170 seniors. Based on statistics from other Davis senior apartments, 70% of residents are typically single senior women and approximately 37% are minorities.
Many of these seniors have incomes ranging from $1,000 – $1,500 per month or less, about what a UC Davis student now pays for a “bedroom” in an apartment in West Village on campus.
Third, three acres for a senior oriented facility, likely assisted living and Alzheimer’s care along with other senior services.
Yes on L offers housing choices. No on L offers Davis nothing.