Q & A
Campus planner discusses LRDP project
In an effort to provide additional information to the campus
community about the process of updating the campuss Long
Range Development Plan, Currents will periodically discuss various
aspects of the LRDP with campus personnel. This months
Q&A is with John Barnes, lead staff planner for the project.
Photo: Louise Donahue
Why does the campus need to grow, and how was the growth
projected in the Draft 2005 LRDP determined?
Part of the impetus to grow is due to demographic trends over
the next 15 years and our responsibility to maintain the same
degree of access to higher education. In other words, we want
tomorrows students to have the same access to higher ed
that prior generations had. Its also true that additional
graduate and undergraduate students create opportunities for
the campus to respond to emerging new academic disciplines.
Doing these things enables UCSC to honor its responsibility
to serve the people of the region and the state.
During the early part of the LRDP process, a faculty committee
called the Strategic Futures Committee and the LRDP Committee
studied four enrollment levels: no growth; 17,000; 21,000; and
25,000. After careful consideration of the programmatic and
physical implications, the Strategic Futures Committee recommended
the 21,000 enrollment. It is important to remember, though,
that the LRDP, should it be approved, would not mandate growth,
but would provide a physical framework for growth should it
What opportunities have there been for public input into
the LRDP process, and what opportunities remain?
Revising the LRDP is a two-phase effort. We started the planning
phase in fall 2003 and published the Draft 2005 LRDP in January.
It was the subject of five public meetings, we received countless
written comments, and we included local public officials in
our planning process. In January 2005, we began the environmental
review phase, which will assess the impacts of the proposed
2005 LRDP in an Environmental Impact Report. We held three public
meetings in February to get input on the scope of the analysis.
We expect to circulate the Draft EIR in September of this year.
There will be a 60-day public review period15 more than
requiredwith two public meetings and opportunities to
comment on its adequacy.
The 1988 LRDP called for specific actions to mitigate the
impact of campus growth projected in that plan. What is the
status of those mitigation measures?
When the last LRDP revision was done, its EIR identified impacts
that needed mitigation to reduce their effect on the physical
environment, on and off campus. On campus, these addressed impacts
such as water runoff, biotic resources, housing; off-campus
issues included traffic and water use. The 1988 LRDP EIR identified
30 mitigations. Over the years, we have added 8 LRDP mitigations
due to specific projects. Of the 38 on-campus mitigations, 33
are fully implemented. The remaining mitigation measures are
partially implemented, with an infrastructure project under
way to fully implement two of these.
Even off campus, where we do not control the timing or funding
of the mitigations, we have a very good record in collaborating
with the city. Of the 19 university assistance measures
intended to address off-campus impacts related to UCSC activities,
8 are complete, 3 are either in process or in negotiation, and
8 await initiation by the city. Through the university assistance
measures, we have contributed $1.4 million toward off-campus
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