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City to Defend Against Appeal of Nishi Development Decision

Post Date:January 14, 2020 10:23 pm

The City of Davis announced today that it will defend against the appeal filed by the Davis Coalition for Sensible Planning with the Third District Court of Appeal regarding what is commonly referred to as the Nishi 2.0 project. At the January 14, 2020 meeting of the Davis City Council, Mayor Brett Lee reported out from closed session that the City Council voted in favor of defending the appeal.

The Nishi 2.0 project is a 700-unit, student-oriented apartment complex project, providing 2,200 beds, on a 47-acre site located between the University and Interstate 80. The City Council approved the project in February 2018 contingent on voter approval. In June 2018, the voters approved the project with 60.6% percent of the vote.

The project was challenged by the petitioner, alleging violation of the City’s affordable housing ordinance, state and federal fair housing laws and CEQA. The Yolo Superior Court disagreed with all claims made by the petitioner and ruled in favor of the City. An appeal to that decision was filed on December 2, 2019.

“We as a City make providing fair and affordable housing that meets CEQA requirements a top priority,” said Mayor Pro Tem Gloria Partida. “In addition, Measure R gives a voice to our voters in this process. We are defending this appeal because housing is badly needed and our citizens’ votes should be upheld.”

 “The voters of Davis spoke clearly that they approved of this version of the Nishi project that will bring more quality housing to town,” said Dan Carson, Davis City Councilmember. “I am concerned about the continued effort to overturn the will of more than 11,000 voters who approved of this greatly needed housing.”

For more information, please contact Barbara Archer at 530-757-5884 or

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