This is our current proposal, it will continue to be modified as we work with the university and work to make it more clear. It is a working draft, so items are subject to change, but we will work to the best of our abilities to make sure all content is correct to the best of our knowledge and up to date. Soon our supporting documents will also be present on this page.
A coalition of students, faculty, and community members have worked together to create a reasonable plan for the Camper Park’s transition that meets both the university’s and students’ needs while maintaining the culture and autonomy of the Camper Park. This plan solves the issues of liability concerns, student access, and financial costs currently faced by the Camper Park.
In 2011, the Domes Cooperative at UC Davis faced a similar situation with administration as we face now. They were able to work with the university in a symbiotic fashion to reach an end goal that was beneficial to all parties involved. Following in their path, we have come up with a similar plan which addresses the concerns of health and safety, ADA requirements, accessibility, and liability with significantly lower costs to the university. Our plan will also address the students concerns of community continuity, affordability, sustainability, and autonomy.
We are proposing the idea of having a third party non-profit lease the land from the university, taking on the role of property manager. From this point we plan to remove the trailers and replace them with tiny homes, which are sustainable as well as up to health and safety code. This plan would also allow for cross-curricular collaborations with ENVS/SEED students who are currently working on tiny homes, as well as working with other faculty that are dedicated to creating sustainable communities.
With a third party non profit leasing the land and acting as property manager, we will be able to remove the university from the liability it now has and allow the community to function like a co-op. The tiny homes we are proposing to build cost between $5,000 and $10,000 each. That estimate would be the starting point for the homes, they would need special modifications to meet UC standards as well as modification to become sustainable. Even with these renovations the cost would still be significantly less than $18,000-$20,000 each trailer would cost that is currently being proposed by the universities. In line with that, we are proposing keeping the current sewer line hook ups found in one region of the park, but instead of putting in an additional 1.8million dollar sewer line, as the University has proposed, we plan to extend the communal space to have an additional bathroom and shower.
Additionally, by the University allowing us to lease the land we would become a collaborative space, involving multiple majors and faculty to help us create a sustainable village. With tiny homes we would also be able to house more students in this space, and because there is a set limit to the price in which the university can lease the land, this ultimately means lower rent for the students. The proposal would also answer the university’s concern for accessibility, where unlike the system set in place now, there would be no down payment to rent the trailer allowing for more students to become a part of this community. Also in line with low income communities our proposal would allow for year round stable housing so long as the individual was a student and wished to live here. Eliminating the problem that is faced by many low income students who find they have no where to go when the university clears out housing over winter and summer break for maintenance. And finally, our proposal would allow the Trailer Park to maintain its continuity of community and continue to pass down traditions, hold potlucks and cultivate the land and space.
In working with multiple lawyers, architects, non-profit organizations, faculty members, community members and students we believe this plan is not only reasonable but is in everyone’s best interest.
Summary of our Proposal:
– Would remove University from liability.
-Upgrade the residential space to meet ADA, Health, and safety requirements.
-Save the university the 2.8million dollars they are proposing to spend, while also making them money off of the lease.
-Keep this community low income, while making it more accessible by removing the current system in place that requires purchasing of the trailer to live at the Trailer park.
-Provide stable low income housing year round for as long as the individual is a student and wishes to live at the Trailer park.
-Continue to keep rent between 500$ and $600, and ultimately we hope to decrease rent.
– Become a truly sustainable community on campus, that is inline with the UC’s goals for sustainability.
-Allow for community continuity and the traditions to continue to be passed down.
– Cost significantly less then the current University proposal
-Happen at a quicker speed because we will be working through a non-profit and not an entire UC system.