Cache Creek Parkway Plan

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At the Yolo County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, the Board received and filed the Cache Creek Area Plan Parkway Open Space Inventory and Baseline Improvements document and the companion Parkway Baseline Inventory Financial Feasibility Study (BOS Meeting Minute Order). Additionally, the Board directed staff, per staff's request in response to feedback received from the first round of public outreach, to conduct additional public outreach on the revised Parkway Master Plan and Vision document and the companion Parkway Master Plan Financial Feasibility Study. The schedule for broader public outreach is currently under development.

You can access the latest versions of the Parkway Open Space Inventory and Baseline Improvements document and companion feasibility study by clicking on the hyperlinks below: 

Parkway Open Space Inventory and Baseline Improvements

Parkway Baseline Inventory Financial Feasibility Study

(Please note that both documents have extremely large file sizes and may take some time to download.)

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Cache Creek is a tremendous regional resource, and a major watershed and surface water feature for Yolo County. The lower creek area is under jurisdiction of Yolo County and is managed pursuant to the Cache Creek Area Plan (CCAP), which was adopted in 1996. The CCAP is an award-winning rivershed management plan that covers 14.5 miles of lower Cache Creek, between the Capay Dam and the town of Yolo, in unincorporated Yolo County. The CCAP balances many interests including aggregate resource management, agricultural resources, habitat preservation and restoration, flood protection, groundwater management, channel stabilization and maintenance, and public open space and recreation. The CCAP is comprised of the Off-Channel Mining Plan (OCMP) and the Cache Creek Resources Management Plan (CCRMP), which together regulate and protect the area and manage the creek as an integrated system.

As an outcome of permitted aggregate mining within the Lower Cache Creek planning area, and other activities, there are approximately 1,900 acres of land that have, or will, transfer into public ownership and/or control, including several reclaimed lakes (land dedication table). Both the OCMP and CCRMP contain numerous references to, and descriptions of, an anticipated second phase of planning involving development of a Cache Creek Parkway Plan (Parkway Plan) to provide policy, regulation, and strategy for management of dedicated lands and easements transferred to public ownership as a result of implementation of the CCAP. The Parkway Plan will establish an integrated system of trails and recreational areas along Cache Creek, examine costs and management for further development and maintenance of a parkway system, and allow for community involvement. The Cache Creek Parkway is comprised of three components published as separate documents, as described below:

Open Space Inventory and Baseline Improvements (Baseline Inventory)

This document contains a map and profile of each of 17 properties and two bridge structures that are already a part of, or negotiated to become a part of, the CCAP open space system, based on executed development agreements. This inventory provides descriptive information about each property, a brief history, details relating to access and dedication items, relevant legal documents and technical studies, existing or approved improvements, and known opportunities and constraints related to existing conditions or approved future conditions. Included are:

  • Properties currently under public ownership or control and managed by the CCAP.
  • Properties and/or ownership interests (e.g. trail easements) that will be dedicated to the County in the future pursuant to already approved agreements.
  • Guidelines and specifications for improvements, access, use, operation, management, and maintenance of each property.

This document reflects existing or previously approved outcomes, and as such, requires no additional County or agency approvals, discretionary permit, or CEQA clearance.

The Baseline Inventory document can be accessed by clicking HERE.

Master Plan and Parkway Vision (Master Plan)

This document contains an overall master plan and vision for future trail connections, identification of gaps and recommendations for future acquisitions, site-specific recreational and open space opportunities, and recommended future improvements, consistent with the goals and aspirations of the CCAP. This document expands on the Baseline Inventory to achieve the following:

  • Establish priorities, guidelines, and specifications for development, access, use, operation, management, and maintenance of each property, beyond the baseline conditions.
  • Development of a comprehensive trail system beyond baseline conditions, coordinated with other planned trails.
  • Provide a planning framework for the County to use in negotiations regarding land dedications associated with future development agreements and mining applications.
  • Provide guidance regarding additional lands to target for dedication/acquisition from willing landowners in order to provide connectivity and continuity throughout the Parkway as it may be expanded and improved over time.
  • Lay the foundation for a mechanism to provide long-term revenues, financing, and management of the Parkway through collaborative efforts among the Natural Resources Division, Parks Division, Cache Creek Conservancy, and other local, regional, state, and federal partners.
  • Identify areas appropriate for consideration as wildlife and habitat reserves, in collaboration with the Yolo Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plan (Yolo HCP/NCCP).

The draft Master Plan is currently being drafted will be presented to the public and decision makers in a series of workshops and meetings. Other opportunities for community involvement may be identified. The potential for environmental impact resulting from implementation of the Master Plan will be addressed and the Master Plan will ultimately be presented to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors for approval.

Feasibility Study

This study examines the financial feasibility of various levels of parkway development. It is informational only, relevant to management of the baseline properties, and consideration of three defined "tiers" of improvements beyond the baseline.

The Feasibility Study identifies costs and potential sources of funding for operation and maintenance of the baseline improvements/conditions for each asset, as well as possible "upgrades" to the baseline condition in the form of various additional capital improvements and recreational services that could be pursued over time depending on the County's interest, and availability of additional funding. These upgrades, analyzed as optional "tiers" of parkway development, are artificial scenarios defined solely for the purposes of the analysis and remain completely scalable subject to the interest of the County over time.

The Feasibility Study examines the following:

  • Four defined tiers of Parkway development (tier development information).
  • Estimates of capital improvement costs and funding for each tier (except the baseline).
  • Estimates of operating and maintenance costs for each tier.
  • Analysis of financial feasibility.
  • Identification of potential sources of additional revenue.

The Feasibility Study concludes that the baseline scenario is financially feasible under current planned conditions, whereas improvements beyond the baseline would require additional sources of revenue to be determined over time based on County interest.

The Baseline Inventory Financial Feasibility Study can be accessed by clicking HERE.