Davis Futures Forum

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, UC Davis, and in the community.

Most Recent Forum: Rick Cole Community Engagement Starts@Home -- Thursday, June 25th,  7- 8:30 pm  

See the video of this Zoom Presentation by clicking here. Video will be available soon. 

See below for the collection of other Davis Future Forum Events.


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:

  1. 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
  2. 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 for broad viewing by the community. Visit community television station DCTV for the whole collection.

Past events include:

Joe Minicozzi, Good Urban Planning Can Make Cities Richer, Feb 24, 2020 ,  His presentation drew upon extensive data gathered from cities and towns across the US to illustrate where municipalities are getting the most bang for the buck in terms of the development choices they make. He uses the newest geographic information technologies to demonstrate complex relationships in a way that is simple for anyone to understand. See the video here

Daniel Faure and Yves Doligez, engineers and energy consultants with ADRET consulting firm in France, will speak about their experiences around climate change adaption planning in France. Friday, December 6th, 2019, 7pm to 8:30pm at Davis Community Chambers.

John Godden April 2019

Paula Daniels November 2018

Dr. Richard Jackson, former pediatrician and California’ s Chief Public Health Officer, and Director of the Centers for Disease Control’s Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta. Richard spoke on how a city’s design is linked to quality of life, not just in subjective ways but in measurable health outcomes.

Watch the Davis Media Access video recording of this presentation (coming soon).

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Dr. Elizabeth Baca, Senior Health Advisor in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research

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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 Garcia Terner Center UCB

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

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James Corless

James spoke about next generation transportation. Unfortunately a video of this presentation is not available.

Jeff Tumlin, Director of Strategy for Nelson/Nygaard

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Jeff Tumlin

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, sustainable planning
Robert Liberty

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

Daniel Parolek, sustainable planning
Daniel Parolek

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 Marohn, sustainable planning
Chuck Marohn

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 Minicozzi, sustainable planning
Joe Minicozzi

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

To request information about our upcoming events or suggest ideas for speakers or panelists, contact: coalition@cooldavis.org.

The Davis Futures Forum is a working group of the Cool Davis Coalition.

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Minicozzis Model Applied to Davis, Davis Vanguard

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