Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- May 1, 2000


Cal Poly's Preliminary Master Plan Draft Available for Public Review

A preliminary draft of Cal Poly's new Master Plan is available for public review and comment through June 12.

The plan is being developed at the request of the California State University system to help meet the needs of a projected increase in college-bound students in California. It envisions enrollment growth over the next 20 years of about 17 percent over the present academic-year capacity of 17,900 students.

The increase translates to an approximate headcount of 20,900 students and about 3,200 faculty and staff members during the traditional academic year.

In addition, the campus is exploring other ways to educate more students, including expanding summer quarter, offering more instruction through off-campus programs and new instructional technologies, and accelerating student progress to degree completion.

The Master Plan builds on the University's polytechnic mission, emphasizing growth in professional, applied fields not generally available in California.

Cal Poly invited campus and community members to join 10 task forces in 1999 to advise the university regarding the development of the plan. The preliminary draft incorporates these suggestions in the Plan's Guiding Framework and in a section devoted to the principles followed in the land use and other physical elements of the plan.

The Master Plan focuses on redeveloping and consolidating academic facilities within an expanded core, protecting natural environmental features, and sustaining outdoor teaching and learning lands.

A central feature of the plan considers the possibility of creating new student residential communities accommodating approximately 3,000 additional students. Additional student services, recreational facilities and parking would be provided, and provision of housing for faculty and staff members is being explored.

The plan also calls for improved traffic circulation and access to campus.

Three public forums are scheduled for discussion of the plan. The first will be 11:10 a.m.-noon Monday (May 8) in the Veranda Café conference on campus. The second will be 12:10-1 p.m., also on May 8 in the Veranda Café. The third forum will be 7-9 p.m. Wednesday (May 10) at the Monday Club on Monterey Street. All forums are open to the public.

"The Master Plan has been designed to help fill California's increasing need for a well-educated workforce, especially in the technological fields," said Linda Dalton, vice provost for institutional planning, who is leading the effort. "Colleges and departments have identified areas for program growth in their strategic plans so the Master Plan can include appropriate buildings, laboratories and technology to meet those needs."

This is the first time since 1962 that a complete redrafting of Cal Poly's Master Plan has taken place. It is designed to balance land uses with enrollment demands for approximately 20 years.

After the public review period, the plan will be refined. The preliminary draft includes the initial environmental analysis that will be expanded for the draft environmental impact report to be released next fall.

The final Master Plan will be presented to the CSU Board of Trustees for approval in spring 2001, coinciding with Cal Poly's centennial anniversary.

The preliminary Master Plan is available for review at www.campusprojects.calpoly.edu or at the Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo libraries. Copies of the plan may be obtained from the Cal Poly Facilities Planning office (756-6806) on CD-ROM free of charge or in print form for a nominal fee to cover reproduction costs.

Comments about the plan can be e-mailed to djanders@calpoly.edu.



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