Notice of Preparation

Notice of Preparation and Scoping

As of February 26, 2021, UC Davis has released the Notice of Preparation (NOP) to solicit comments on the scope of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the California Tower Project. A copy of the full NOP is provided can be found here: NOP link. The NOP comment period begins on February 26, 2021 and ends on March 29, 2021 at 5:00 pm.

Project Overview: The proposed California Tower Project includes multiple project components: (1) make-ready projects to prepare for construction, (2) upgrades to the UC Davis Sacramento Campus Central Utility Plant in order to provide increased capacity for the project, (3) the construction of approximately 85,000 gsf of renovation to the existing Surgical Pavilion to connect the California Tower and the current hospital, (4) construction of Parking Garage 5, (5) construction of the approximately 1,010,000 square foot California Tower (net increase of 890,000 gsf) and (6) demolition of the approximately 120,000 gsf East Main Hospital Wing (East Wing). In addition, UC Davis proposes to amend the 2020 Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) to revise the height restriction in the Hospital land use designation from 200 feet to 290 feet in the area beyond 180 feet from the property line.

Environmental Review and Comment: The University of California will be the lead agency under CEQA (PRC Section 21000 et seq.) and will prepare an EIR for the California Tower Project as required by PRC Sections 21080.09 and 21116. UC Davis has determined that an EIR will be required for the California Tower Project and when the decision to prepare an EIR has already been made, CEQA states that an initial study is not required. As such, an initial study has not been prepared. The NOP has been prepared pursuant to Sections 15082 and 15083 of the CEQA Guidelines.

UC Davis requests input regarding the scope and content for the draft EIR that is relevant to your agency’s statutory/regulatory responsibilities or is of interest to individuals to ascertain potential environmental impacts of the project. The NOP comment period begins on February 26, 2021 and ends on March 29, 2021 at 5:00 pm.

Comment Opportunities: Formal comments regarding the NOP may be submitted in writing via mail or email during the NOP comment period. Written comments regarding the scope and content of information in the NOP and the scope and content of the upcoming draft EIR should be submitted no later than March 29, 2021 at 5:00 pm. Comments (along with appropriate contact information) should be submitted to:

Matt Dulcich, AICP
Director of Environmental Planning
Campus Planning and Environmental Stewardship
University of California, One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
environreview@ucdavis.edu

Virtual Open House Scoping Session: UC Davis conducted a virtual open house scoping session during the NOP comment period on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm via Zoom Webinar. The objective of the session is to brief interested parties on the scope of the California Tower Project and obtain the views of agency representatives and the public on the scope and content of the upcoming draft EIR and potentially significant environmental impacts related to the project.

The Scoping Meeting presentation can be found below: