The City’s primary role for the two Innovation Center applications is to evaluate each of the proposed projects in relation to City policies and ordinances, as well as the guiding principles that were adopted by the City Council on December 16, 2014.  A key role in the City’s evaluation is to provide regulatory oversight by conducting analysis of the proposals under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is being prepared for each proposal.

The City is also responsible for providing information to the community and decision-makers about the proposals and the potential outcomes for the community including product types and overall financial, economic, land use, and environmental impacts.  Throughout the review process there will be community engagement to solicit input on the proposals, but also to provide the community with opportunities to review technical studies and the Draft EIR’s.  Ultimately, the City would hold a series of public hearings on the proposals before the Planning Commission and City Council.

The City (along with Yolo County and UC Davis) is an active participant in planning for the Nishi Gateway Mixed-Use Innovation District. The City is contributing to the pre-development expenses for the proposal, subject to reimbursement if the project receives voter approval. The City has hired consultants for land planning and sustainability studies, assisted by a significant (nearly $600,000) grant from the State of California Strategic Growth Council.