by Councilmember Dan Carson
The data is startling: Between 2000 and 2010, the U.S. census shows, the number of elderly households in Davis increased by almost 53%, compared to a 3.6% increase in the Sacramento-Yolo region. We added 2,500 more elderly households during a ten-year period when the number of households in Davis overall was almost unchanged. That trend has clearly continued the last eight years.
Our community is aging and, like our city’s General Plan concluded, needs more housing specially tailored for our senior citizens. That’s the main reason I’m supporting Measure L. I have supported providing additional housing for students, families, and Davis workers, but believe we also need to accommodate the growing ranks of seniors interested in buying a smaller home with universal design features that is easier to care for.
We need the 150 affordable senior housing units that the West Davis Active Adult Community will bring to reduce the ranks of low-income house-poor seniors now struggling to make ends meet. We also need the 410 for-sale homes ranging in size from 800 to 1,800 square feet, including a mix of cottages, bungalows, condominiums, single-story homes, and fifty lots for small home builders. Some will be sold to families.
The project will feature 350 native oaks, planting of pollinators, all-electric homes, an energy retrofit program, bicycle connectivity, wildlife passages, a transit hub, and $1,000,000 towards a community aquatics center. Please vote YES on Measure L to help meet the critical housing needs of Davis seniors..