Dunnigan Specific Plan


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Welcome to the Yolo County Web page for the proposed Dunnigan Specific Plan! If you are interested in this project, you should check back often as new documents are added and staff reports are posted to this Web page

PDF files of each chapter of the draft Dunnigan Specific Plan are listed below and may be downloaded and printed. The entire plan may be downloaded here (approx. 4 MB).

Comments and questions about the Dunnigan Specific Plan may be directed to either:

Eric Parfrey, Principal Planner
Yolo County Planning, Public Works and Environmental Services Department
292 W. Beamer Street
Woodland, CA. 95695
(530) 666-8043

Application for the Dunnigan Specific Plan: Click Here

Second draft of the Dunnigan Specific Plan (revised April 25, 2013):

Land Use Map

Table of Contents 

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Plan Area Setting & Vision

Chapter 3: Land Use and Community Character

Chapter 4: Circulation & Transportation

Chapter 5: Public Utilities

Chapter 6: Public Services

Chapter 7: Jobs & Housing

Chapter 8: Environmental Resources

Chapter 9: Sustainability

Chapter 10: Implementation

Chapter 11: Administration


Appendix A- General Plan Consistency Analysis (Document has not been submitted)
Appendix B-Design Guidelines (Document has not been submitted)
Appendix C- Green Building and Site Standards (Document has not been submitted)
Appendix D- Water/Recycled Water Technical Analysis
Appendix E- Wastewater Technical Analysis
Appendix F- Hydrology/ Hydraulics Technical Analysis (Too large to post, contact Eric Parfrey for copy)
Appendix G- Wetland Delineation (Too large to post, contact Eric Parfrey for copy)
Appendix H- Bio Resource Assessment (Too large to post, contact Eric Parfrey for copy)
Appendix I-  Not Applicable  
Appendix J- Cultural Resources Records and Literature Search
Appendix K- Electrical and Gas Loading Estimates
Appendix L- Income and Housing Match Analysis
Appendix M-Phasing Master Plan
Appendix N- Draft Public Facilities Financing Plan (PFFP)
Appendix O- Not Applicable
Appendix P- Draft Public Services Financing Plan (PSFP)
Appendix Q- Economic Development Strategy
Appendix R- Master Habitat Conservation Strategy
Appendix S- Dunnigan Development Standards (Document has not been submitted)

Proposed Tentative Subdividion Map: Click Here


The Dunnigan Specific Plan covers approximately 3,200 acres, including the existing small town of Dunnigan, located on Interstate 5 just north of the interchange with Interstate 505. The Specific Plan concept was included in the 2030 Yolo Countywide General Plan. The General Plan includes several policies and requirements to guide development within the Dunnigan area including: jobs/housing balance, jobs housing match, jobs housing phasing, vehicle miles traveled (VMT) thresholds, mode split targets, water and energy efficiency requirements, smart growth design features, park development thresholds, residential density minimums and maximums, floor area ratios for non-residential uses, and many other community design goals.

The lead applicant for the development team (Elliot Homes) previously initiated a Specific Plan process in 2009, which was put on hold. The project was initiated again in 2011 and the first draft of a Specific Plan was submitted to the County on December 14, 2011. Since then, staff has continued to meet with the applicant and the applicant's consultant to review individual sections of the plan and discuss specific issues.

A second revised version of the Specific Plan was submitted to the County on April 25, 2013.


The proposed Dunnigan Specific Plan includes both vacant land as well as the current land uses of the existing town. Thus, the Specific Plan covers some 2,254 acres designated as “Specific Plan” in the 2030 General Plan, which applies to existing agricultural land proposed to be converted to urban development, as well as an additional 927 acres designated as “Specific Plan Overlay,” which applies to the existing developed areas, including the Hardwoods subdivision and Old Town.

Development allowed under the proposed second draft Specific Plan could result in total buildout of up to 9,230 new homes and apartment units, and 11,300 jobs.
The first large phase of development within the Specific Plan would include approximately 2,400 residential units, approximately 120 acres of commercial and industrial development, wastewater treatment facility, storm water detention, municipal water system, roads, parks, and other associated infrastructure and amenities.

Complete details of the proposed development plans and phasing schedule can be found in the draft Specific Plan.

Among the features included in the draft plan submitted by the application are the following:

• At build-out, it is estimated that Dunnign would have approximately 22,600 residents and would provide over 11,000 jobs.

• The project would be built in four phases, with each phase ranging from 1,700 to 2,400 new homes.

• The majority of water for the Specific Plan area will be provided from the Tehama-Colusa canal, through the Dunnigan Water District. Additional water will be provided by recycling and storm water detention. Ground water will be used whenever surface allocations are insufficient to meet demand.

• Wastewater will be processed by an enclosed, tertiary treatment facility.

• A system of detention basins and lakes will be used to provide flood protection and water quality treatment.

• The plan provides 118 acres of developed parks and 480 acres of open space, including a system of trails and greenways that connects throughout the community.

• A proposed government center will include a Sheriff's substation, library, and other county services. Two new fire stations will be built as a part of the plan.

• The community will include four new elementary schools, as a well as a middle school, and high school.

• A new interchange would be developed at Road 6 and Interstate 5. The circulation system will include complete streets, bicycle lanes, accommodate electric vehicles, and incorporate several traffic circles (roundabouts).

• Bus service to Dunnigan would be expanded, to include a transit center and intermodal station (to connect with future commuter rail service, if implemented in the future). The plan also includes vanpool service and park-and-ride lots.

After the application has been deemed "complete" for processing an environmental impact report will begin preparation.

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