AIM developed and implemented a community-based planning and engagement process for the Nishi Gateway Innovation District. Community engagement goals included developing a plan that offered multiple opportunities for engagement, and that reached out to a diverse group of residents, business owners, and community leaders. Since the City invested considerable time partnering with UC Davis and Yolo County to establish a workable preliminary framework that addressed the needs and visionary goals for each partner, the community engagement plan needed to work within the parameters of the preliminary framework focused on housing, open space/community character, economic development, and mobility elements. The goal was to create an understanding of the objectives and to initiate a dialogue with the community allowing them to shape and contextualize the frameworks. AIM created a community engagement plan that strived to inform, consult, and involve key stakeholders and the community-at-large to obtain informed input on the Nishi Gateway Innovation District alternative frameworks. In addition AIM assisted the project partners with developing a strong understanding of the community’s perspective of the proposed project and addressing community concerns and questions related to the project prior to a potential Measure J/R vote.
As part of the engagement program, AIM facilitated numerous discussions amongst the City of Davis, the developer, Yolo County and UC Davis, and adjacent property owners, community-based organizations and business owners. AIM engaged the community at large through a series of community dialogues centered around specific topics related to the planning process. The dialogue series included a tailor presentation around specific project elements, such as mobility, open space, and community character, a facilitated question and answer session, as well as interactive display stations where community members could learn about project elements and provide specific input to inform project development.
In addition to stakeholder and community meetings, AIM developed an interactive project website that included a custom online engagement tool. The online engagement tool allowed community members the ability to provide feedback on specific project elements at their convenience. The online engagement tool received over 200 responses with constructive comments on project elements.
As the result of an early and thorough engagement program, the community dialogue around the project has shifted from positional to collaborative. AIM continues to assist with outreach for the Nishi Gateway Innovation District as the project moves into the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Report.
- AIM was instrumental in developing and implementing successful communications strategies that highlighted the District's efforts to both a local and regional audience.
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