Agricultural Fields and Facilities

The LRDP Draft Planning Scenario retains most of the agricultural fields and environmental lands in west and south campus. Notable agricultural components within the Plan include a new dairy facility and associated fields in west campus, a new site for additional greenhouse facilities in the core campus, and two development sites near the Old Davis Road entrance from Interstate 80. The Plan also retains 20 acres of agricultural fields, previously included in the plans for West Village and designated for development in the 2003 LRDP.

The west and south portions of campus are and will remain primarily as agricultural fields and environmental lands for teaching and research. The Putah Creek Riparian Reserve serves as natural laboratory for environmental research and habitat stewardship, encompassing more than 600 acres of riparian habitat. The Reserve and the designated trails that run through it and other campus lands also provide informal open space for the greater community. Other notable features within west and south campus include the UC Davis Airport, the Primate Center, and a new solar array.

West South Campus map

1 The Dairy

The Plan provides capacity for a new dairy facility and associated fields in west campus. The new dairy facility occupies about 25 acres, not including the associated fields to the south. Existing field research in this area would need to be accommodated on other areas of campus prior to development.

2 20 Acres of Agriculture

The Plan retains 20 acres of agricultural fields for teaching and research, previously included within plans for West Village and designated for development in the 2003 LRDP.

3 Greenhouse Facilities

The Plan provides capacity for additional greenhouse facilities in the core campus, west of the Bowley Plant Science Teaching Facility.

4 Old Davis Road

The Plan retains the Robert Mondavi Vineyards south of Old Davis Road and designates the area north of the vineyard, near the Arboretum, as pasture lands. Together these two land use designations preserve an agrarian ethos at the Old Davis Road entry from Interstate 80. The Plan also includes two development sites near Interstate 80; one site, north of I-80, is 11 acres while the other site, south of I-80, is 27 acres. These two development sites provide additional capacity for various academic and administrative programs; this land may also serve as a remote parking area and function as a renewable energy production site. The 2003 LRDP designated both of these sites as a research park with a half-million square feet of laboratory and office space and up to 2,400 employees. The Plan does not retain the idea of a research park in this area.

Russell Ranch & The Dairy

5 Russell Ranch (shown at left)

The Plan retains the previous programs for long-term agricultural research at Russell Ranch and removes two planning concepts from Russell Ranch. In contrast to the 2003 LRDP, a dairy facility and an equestrian center are not include in the Plan for Russell Ranch. The 2003 LRDP identified two sites on Russel Ranch to accommodate a dairy facility and an equestrian center.

For more information on the Equestrian Center, please see the La Rue Corridor.

For more information about the Dairy, please see above.