A land-use plan that proposes how to best utilize areas of the campus and considers the associated facilities and infrastructure needed to support those uses.
UC Berkeley Long Range Development Plan
The Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) is one of our most important tools for responsible long-term campus planning and for being a good community partner. UC Berkeley carefully plans for and considers its facility requirements relative to its budget and needs. At its core, the LRDP is a land-use plan that proposes how to best utilize areas of the campus and considers the associated facilities and infrastructure needed to support those uses.
The 2021 LRDP is a forecast for responsible, flexible, and sustainable development. The 2021 LRDP is not a mandate for growth. Over the next 15 years, the campus expects the undergraduate student population to grow by an annual average of only 1%, or less, a rate that is less than projected for the population of the surrounding region. A UC campus's LRDP does not approve or require specific new buildings or projects. Rather, UC Berkeley's 2021 LRDP is a strategy for where development would take place if it is eventually funded. As future projects are developed within the LRDP framework, they would have the appropriate environmental analysis and go through all required approval processes before any construction begins.
UC Berkeley has historically had more stringent sustainability goals than neighboring cities and the 2021 LRDP pushes the campus to be even greener. The plan integrates sustainability policies with long-term campus planning to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, limit energy and water use, reduce waste, and promote alternative transportation. In addition to reaffirming our commitment to addressing the student housing crisis and acknowledging the increasing effects of climate change, the 2021 LRDP also recognizes a need to increase investment in research and instructional space to modernize facilities for new pedagogies, technologies, and seismic safety.
UC Berkeley's 2021 LRDP is about maximizing the use of increasingly constrained land and financial resources, and optimizing investment in service of our mission and strategic priorities.
The 2021 LRDP embodies thousands of hours of participation by faculty, students, staff, and the community, including a special LRDP Community Advisory Group with representatives appointed by the Berkeley mayor and city councilmembers, and members of the local business community. The updated LRDP was shared with the campus and the community in February 2021. The 2021 LRDP, the Final Environmental Impact Report, and the updated Physical Design Framework were approved by the UC Board of Regents on July 22, 2021.