Why is UC Riverside Preparing A New Long Range Development Plan (LRDP)?
UC Riverside has been growing consistently for many years. In pursuit of its own strategic enrollment goals, as well as in cooperation with State requirements regarding overall California resident and resident transfer student enrollment levels, UCR has steadily grown its student population year over year. For example, in Fall 2018 the campus enrolled approximately 600 more students than it did in 2017 – growth of nearly 3 percent.
The current LRDP in use by the campus was last updated in 2010, and bases its land use assumptions on a projected maximum population of 25,000 students. At 24,025 students in Fall 2018, the campus is quickly approaching this important enrollment milestone. It is time to update the LRDP to reflect UC Riverside’s current vision regarding enrollment and the physical development necessary to support continued future growth.
Who Is Involved?
The LRDP is an important reference document for the campus, University, and the general public. The Regents of the University of California, as well as the California Code of Regulations, require each campus to have a current LRDP. LRDP’s are also subject to the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), which requires that decision makers and the public be informed of the potential environmental effects of a proposed project. Consequently, the Regents must consider and certify the CEQA document prior to approving an LRDP.
UC Riverside is planning to prepare a new LRDP and LRDP Environmental Impact Report to submit to the Regents for certification by early 2021. The Campus Planning unit of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Planning and Budget is entrusted with the management of the day-to-day LRDP effort, with a Steering Committee and Executive Committee providing oversight and direction. Additionally, subject-specific workgroups consisting of appointed stakeholders representing many campus perspectives will provide critical insight on key issues such as Academic and Research needs, Housing, Safety, and Instrastructure, among others.
How Is The 2021 LRDP Different From The 2016 Physical Master Plan Study?
In 2016 UC Riverside prepared the Physical Master Plan Study (PMPS) to develop a vision for the physical environment of the campus. The study assumed a future growth of up to 30,000 students in the next decade. During the PMPS process, the campus examined how it could grow and physically develop to achieve its goal of academic excellence to meet UCR 2021, with a particular focus on the East Campus area.
In many ways, the PMPS puts forth the foundation for the 2021 LRDP Many of the concepts and possibilities brought forth in the PMPS will be translated into more formal land uses and planning policies in the LRDP and LRDP EIR. Significantly, however, state requirements related to enrollment (discussed above) and UC Riverside’s own growth aspirations will increase the projected student population assumed for the LRDP; rather than utilizing the 30,000 student population projection of the PMPS, the LRDP and LRDP EIR will assume 35,000. Of course, planning for an additional 5,000 students will necessitate some changes in how the campus approaches its land use and density assumptions. Additionally, the LRDP will rely on a planning horizon year of 2040 - 15 years beyond what was used for the PMPS- to better align with ongoing local and regional planning efforts.
What Is The Timeline?
Work on the LRDP, including necessary pre-studies, is projected to begin in November 2018, with substantial completion by end of Summer 2019 so that work can then begin on the LRDP EIR. Final revisions and adjustments to the LRDP, as needed, with be made in late 2021, with the goal of certification of the LRDP EIR, and approval of the LRDP by the Regents in Spring of 2021.