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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the City goals for the project?
We will hope to create a guide for long term development and infrastructure, evaluate existing development policies, codes and guidelines, and address recurring challenges to the development process and enhance quality of life in Davis.

What are the boundaries of the project?
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How long will it take?
The Downtown Davis Plan will occur over 5 phases. The phases include understanding through analysis and studies; community outreach and visioning through workshops, charrettes and online questionnaires; creating the 2040 Downtown Davis Plan; setting aside time for the 2040 Downtown Davis Plan public review; and adopting the 2040 Vision through public hearings. This will span over 27 months.
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Davis Schedule Updated 20171115  

What is a charrette?
A charrette is a multi-day opportunity for property owners, business owners and the community at-large to collaborate with a team of planners, architects and engineers in forging a new vision for Downtown Davis in a working session format. The ideas and concepts generated at the charrettes will form the foundation for the Downtown Davis Plan.

How will public input be used?
The City of Davis Downtown Davis Plan will include a robust public engagement program to gather community input throughout the Downtown Davis Plan process. The engagement program includes multiple ways of reaching out and involving the community throughout the process to ensure the final plan is community based and fits within the context of the City of Davis.
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What is a specific plan?
A specific plan is a comprehensive planning document that develops guidelines and policies for land use decisions for prescribed geographic areas.

What is form-based code?
A form-based code is a coordinated set of zoning and standards for walkable environments that enables predictable built results and a high-quality public realm by using physical form (rather than separation of uses) as the organizing principle for the code. A form-based code is a regulation, not a mere guideline, adopted into city, town, or county law. A form-based code offers a powerful alternative to conventional zoning regulation. Click here to learn more about form-based codes and click here to learn more about the Natural-to-Urban Transect. 
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What is ‘walkable urban development’?
Walkable urban development is a connected street network, public spaces through active block frontages, and fine-grain pedestrian and bicycle routes through the site.
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What is mixed-use?
Mixed-use development is pedestrian friendly development that blends residential, commercial, cultural and industrial uses. This strategy of growth seeks to encourage community design and development that serves the economy, community, public health and the environment.

What is urban infill?
Urban infill is the process of developing vacant or under-utilized parcels within existing developed areas. Urban infill utilizes existing infrastructure, thus is a more economical and more sustainable form of development.

What housing types should be considered for the planned area?
The Downtown Davis Plan will explore opportunities for different types of urban housing.
For more information on urban housing, click here.

What constitutes ‘public realm’? 
The public realm is defined as space that is shared community by the public. Examples include parks, plazas, pedestrian pathways, streets, and community centers.