On September 19, 2017, the City Council adopted Resolution 17-125, certifying the Final Environmental Impact Report (“EIR”) for the Mace Ranch Innovation Center project (“MRIC”). The planning applications related to the EIR were subsequently put on hold. On June 11, 2019, the City received a letter from the property owners of the MRIC project site (Buzz Oates, Reynolds & Brown, and Ramco Enterprises) requesting the City recommence with processing of their innovation center application, which has been renamed as the Aggie Research Campus (“ARC”). On September 30, 2019, the applicant submitted a project description and a number of other exhibits related to their application that are under review.
The applicant spent the last two years conducting research on modern innovation parks, talking to industry experts, and analyzing the appropriate land uses. The applicant has decided to continue pursuing the appropriate general plan and zoning designations, as well as, an application to annex their proposed Aggie Research Campus project which is located on a 185-acre project site, immediately east of the City of Davis city limits, near the “Mace Curve”, in unincorporated Yolo County. At build-out, the ARC would include up to 2,654,000 square feet of innovation center/business uses and 850 residential units of varied sizes and affordability.
The City’s Mace 25 Parcel
In the prior MRIC proposal, development of the City’s Mace 25 was part of the project proposal. The current ARC proposal removes the City’s Mace 25 parcel from the development proposal. There are no proposed changes to the agricultural zoning of the Mace 25 parcel nor to the City ownership of the property. The ARC project does propose a 150’ wide, nine-acre agricultural buffer easement on the southern and eastern edges of the Mace 25 parcel. The placement of the agricultural buffer easement will be considered as part of the larger entitlement application discussion at a future meeting.
The updated environmental documents are being prepared.
Click here to be directed to the documents associated with the Mace Ranch Innovation Center.