2020 LRDP and Environmental Impact Report
- The 2020 LRDP provides a framework of policies and guidelines to shape land use and physical development at UC Berkeley through 2020. The plan is designed to support key academic goals and preserve and enhance the historic architecture, natural beauty, and unique character of the campus.
- The Environmental Impact Report considers possible environmental effects of the plan and prescribes mitigation measures for environmental impacts deemed significant under CEQA.
- The final version of the 2020 LRDP contains several changes made in response to public comment on an earlier draft of the plan. Those changes include the elimination of the proposed construction of 100 units of faculty housing in the hill area above campus.
- The Environmental Impact report also includes an analysis of the Tien Center for East Asian Studies, the first project proposed under the 2020 LRDP. The center would be located on the central campus near the main library.
- Each campus in the University of California system is required to complete a new long-range development plan and environmental analysis every 15 to 20 years. UC Berkeley's current plan was completed in 1990.
Scope of Plan:
- The 2020 LRDP is similar to a city's general plan. It identifies land use and policies for designated areas rather than specific development projects, and defines the maximum potential growth of the campus through 2020.
- The plan encompasses the core campus and its environs. It excludes remote campus sites such as University Village in Albany and the Richmond Field Station.
- The 2020 LRDP provides a framework of policies and guidelines to shape future decisions on land use, enrollment, housing, parking, academic facilities, and architecture and landscape design.
2020 LRDP by the numbers:
- Campus building space for academic and support programs would increase by up to 18 percent, or as much as 2.2 million square feet, to meet the anticipated long-term growth in student enrollment and research programs.
- University housing for students would increase by as much as 2,600 new beds, a 32 percent increase over the number of student beds existing or now under construction.
- University parking would increase by up to 30 percent, or 2,300 new spaces over existing and approved parking. In response to public concerns about traffic congestion, the university has agreed to defer construction of 500 of those spaces if plans for a new light-rail-type transit system along Telegraph Avenue are underway by 2010.
- The plan anticipates the creation of up to 2,870 new jobs on campus by 2020. The total campus headcount – faculty, student, staff, vendors and visitors -- would grow as much as 12 percent, from 45,940 in 2002 to 51,260 by 2020. This compares to a projected population growth of six percent for the city of Berkeley and 20 percent for the San Francisco Bay Area region.
Key 2020 LRDP policies:
- Promoting academic excellence: The plan encourages building and landscape design that promotes academic collaboration and facilitates cutting-edge research and teaching methods.
- Incorporating smart growth principles: The plan focuses on strategic infill development, preserving the architectural heritage and natural beauty of the campus and hill areas. About 75 percent of new academic and support space would be developed on the central campus and adjacent blocks to the west.
- Providing transit-friendly policies: Student housing will be developed within walking distance of campus (up to 1 mile) or located on transit lines within a 20-minute commute by transit. Additional parking will be balanced by transit incentives, including the new Bear Pass program established in fall 2004, which provides campus employees with unlimited rides on AC Transit for $20 a month.
- Encouraging state-of-the-art environmental policies: New buildings will be built to “green” standards. Creeks, natural resources, and campus open spaces will be preserved and enhanced.
- Creating community spaces on and off campus: The plan encourages development of spaces to foster social and cultural interaction and intellectual collaboration. Examples include current plans for a hotel/conference center and university museum project on the blocks west of campus.
The final 2020 LRDP/EIR will be presented to the UC Board of Regents on Jan. 18, 2005 for review and certification.