How much will it cost to build out the project? How is it being funded?

The WRTP Public Facilities Financing Plan (“Financing Plan”) completed in July 2023, outlines a strategy to fund public facilities and project infrastructure through Plan Area buildout. The Financing Plan identifies an estimated $255.5 million in public improvements needed to implement the Specific Plan and describes the proposed funding mechanisms to complete required improvements.  

A WRTP Capital Improvement Program (“CIP”) prepared for the project, identifies approximately $156.9 million in backbone infrastructure cost obligation for parks, streets, storm drainage, water and sewer improvements.  Completion of backbone infrastructure and other public facilities will be phased to serve logical increments of development, based on the demand for such facilities as the WRTP builds out. The timing and amount of development in each increment will depend on many factors, such as market demand. 

Additionally, the WRTP will have an obligation to contribute to the construction of other infrastructure and public facilities not included in the CIP.   For these public improvements, the developers will pay applicable City, County and WJUSD development impact fees.  The cost obligation for these facilities is estimated at approximately $98.6 million for parks and open space, schools, libraries, fire, police, general government, public transit, affordable housing, habitat and agricultural mitigation and County facilities.  

The developers of the WRTP will be responsible for advance funding and constructing all of the backbone infrastructure and public facilities needed to serve the WRTP, unless the City and WRTP proponents agree otherwise to City construction of specific improvements.  The project includes the adoption of a new Plan Area development impact fee program, the Woodland Research and Technology Park Infrastructure Fee Program (“RTIF Program”) to fund backbone infrastructure and public facilities as described above to accommodate new residents and employees of the project area that are not funded by existing fee programs or other funding sources.  Facilities included in the RTIF Program include those facilities with plan-wide benefits (i.e., serve multiple individual subdivisions), the costs of which should be distributed among RTIF land uses and ownership interests. Additionally, the financing strategy includes formation of one or more land secured bond financing districts (e.g., Mello-Roos CFD or Assessment District), which may be used to fund a portion of the total backbone infrastructure and public facilities needed at the outset of development.  

[Updated July 2023]

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1. What are the required project approvals/entitlements, timeline, and process going forward? When can I provide comments?
2. When will the Draft Environmental Impact Report and technical studies be released? When can I comment on this document?
3. When will the Technology Park start construction? What is the anticipated timeline for plan area build out?
4. What are the prospective anchor tenants in the Technology Park? Is there still a need for this type of facility given the “new normal” of working remotely?
5. Will local independent businesses be given priority in locating in the Technology Park? Will the city allocate funds for startup businesses in the plan area?
6. Is the City working with Woodland Community College to focus on long-term workforce development initiatives that will support efforts to train Woodland residents to be competitive for jobs that will
7. Will UC Davis be a development partner, like with Aggie Square in Sacramento?
8. How will the Village Center be developed?
9. What businesses and uses are permitted in the Specific Plan area? Will there be a market or medical clinics, such as an urgent care clinic?
10. When will design of the 11-acre linear park take place? Will there be an opportunity for community input?
11. How wide will the greenbelt be?
12. On the circulation map (Chapter 4, Exhibit 4-2), there is an arrow indicating a future Woodland-Davis bikeway. What is that and when is it planned?
13. How is it ensured that the Tech Park builds out the way it is envisioned today?
14. How much will it cost to build out the project? How is it being funded?
15. Will the housing component have Mello-Roos?
16. How will the Technology Park project impact property taxes in Spring Lake? Will residents in the Technology Park plan area pay the same special tax to the City of Woodland as that paid by residents
17. Has there been any analysis on the potential effect on home/property values in Spring Lake?
18. Will Spring Lake parks be completed before the Technology Park begins construction?
19. Will commercial development in the Technology Park keep pace with residential development? How will this be guaranteed?
20. Will the Specific Plan accommodate a new public elementary school? Where would a school be located and how would it be paid for? How will infrastructure be provided?
21. How does the Specific Plan address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and sustainability? Specifically what features will the plan area incorporate to meet the City’s Climate Action Plan goals and GHG
22. How will the existing agricultural uses be impacted by the project and what is the required mitigation to offset those impacts?
23. Is the processing of marijuana allowed in the Specific Plan area? Are their requirements for odor control?
24. Is the applicant team working with the Woodland Tree Foundation for plan area tree planting and placement?
25. Are apartments or “high density” housing included in the Plan Area and where will it be located?
26. What is the plan to make sure that diversity is maintained and to ensure neighborhoods are not designed only for elites and wealthy?
27. How is affordable housing addressed?
28. How is the Specific Plan addressing police and fire safety? Will police and fire response times be adequate in the Tech Park?
29. Will there be a new cell tower given the increased population in this location?
30. Will the project include Public Art?
31. How is parking addressed throughout the Specific Plan area, in the commercial/Technology Park and residential areas? How and where will visitor/public parking be accommodated? Will there be elect
32. Have traffic impacts to Spring Lake been analyzed? How will traffic impacts be addressed?
33. When will CR 25A be completed?
34. Will there be transit options in the Specific Plan, specifically connecting the plan area to UC Davis/City of Davis Amtrak?
35. Why is the South Regional Pond footprint split roughly 50% within the Specific Plan area and 50% outside the Urban Limit Line south of CR 25A?