Davis Futures Forum
The purpose of the Davis Futures Forum is to highlight innovative approaches to social, economic, and environmental sustainability through land use planning.
The Forum primarily accomplishes its work by arranging for nationally known experts to speak at local public venues and with help from experts and supporters at the City of Davis, U.C. Davis, and in the community.
Save the Date! Our next forum will be April 25th at 7 pm. We will host John Godden, the editor of Better Builder, a Canadian magazine focused on sustainable development. Like California, Canada has one of the most energy efficient building codes in the world. Godden holds that now we need to direct our attention towards durability, water efficiency, occupant loads and behavior and will illustrate this using Canadian examples of low and mid-rise buildings and a LEED platinum renovation. Registration will begin by March 15th.
For details, articles, and video of previous forums look below under Past Forums.
We have a historic opportunity in the City of Davis to reduce greenhouse gases through land use planning regulations.
Early in 2016, the City declared its intent to update certain portions of the General Plan, including the Core Area Specific Plan (downtown).
The City is initiating this effort by hiring a consultant to first provide a visioning process to work with the community and gain consensus on how we should grow. This vision should serve to guide the development and adoption of new codes and regulatory processes.
The objectives of the Forum are to:
- Inform members of the community, including residents, business community, developers, city staff, and elected officials about cutting edge community development and land use practices adopted by other communities, and to
- Facilitate healthy discussions of planning concepts to promote more economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable outcomes in Davis.
The Davis Futures Forum presents four to six events a year as opportunities, interest, and funds are available. Local professionals and community members volunteer their time to sustain this effort. Beginning September 2015, the Futures Forum has hosted several nationally known experts.
When possible these events are filmed and shared on DCTV for broad viewing by the community. Past events include:
Dr. Elizabeth Baca, Senior Health Advisor in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
Elizabeth spoke about efforts and resources around making communities healthy for families and the future. Watch the Davis Media Access video recording of this presentation.
David Garcia, Policy Director at the UC Berkeley Terner Center for Housing Innovation
David spoke about the past and present of housing. Watch the Davis Media Access video recording of this presentation.
James Corless, Executive Director of SACOG
James spoke about next generation transportation. Unfortunately a video of this presentation is not available.
Jeff Tumlin, Director of Strategy for Nelson/Nygaard
Jeff spoke about the challenge of parking. Watch the Davis Media Access video recording of this presentation.
Robert Liberty, Portland State University, Harvard Law
Robert Liberty is director of Portland State University’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions and the Urban Sustainability Accelerator. Robert spoke in March of 2017 elucidating lessons from Portland’s revitalization. VIDEO ARTICLE
Daniel Parolek, AIA, Principal Opticos Design
Dan Parolek presented in April of 2016 on the use of form based codes as a planning tool. Dan is a founding board member of the Form-Based Codes Institute and the Northern California Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism. VIDEO ARTICLE1 ARTICLE2
Chuck Marohn, AICP, PE, Founder and President of Strong Towns
Chuck discussed the reduced cost of compact and walkable land use in his talk on Jan 2016 titled, “Growing Cities for Financial and Neighborhood Sustainability.” ARTICLE
Joe Minicozzi, AICP, Principal with Urban3
Joe spoke about revenue optimization achieved through compact land use. Joe spoke in Davis twice on Sept. 29, 2015, on using images from public data to inform choices for a sustainable future. ARTICLE