Draft Campus Master Plan Process
In 2015, California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) initiated a process to update its campus master plan. The new plan builds on earlier planning efforts that facilitated the transition of the campus from the former Fort Ord Army Base, to a 21st-century setting for teaching, learning and research. The master plan process considered a wide range of issues encompassing the academic environment, student and residential life, sustainability, mobility and infrastructure systems, and connections with Monterey Bay communities.
In 2017 the campus posted a Draft Campus Master Plan and accepted public comment. The most current plan is the Draft Master Plan Guidelines 2020 document which includes minor edits to the 2017 Master Plan.
Phase 1: Discovery
The Discovery phase of the master planning process will involve a comprehensive analysis of the current academic, technical and planning and design issues that will inform the master plan. It will also involve the beginning of a dialogue with the CSUMB community to solicit perspectives on the long term vision for the campus, and to encourage participation in the planning process, as well as shared ownership of master plan outcomes. The consultant team will synthesize the findings of all Phase 1 tasks into a planning and design framework that establishes opportunities and constraints for the development of planning and design options during the Exploration phase of work.
Phase 2: Exploration
The Exploration phase of the process will examine options for near- and long-term campus development, based on the technical analyses, planning assessment and design framework defined in Phase 1, and guidance from the CSUMB community. The goal of the Exploration phase is to reach consensus on a preferred alternative to be developed during Phase 3 as a draft plan for the campus.
The Exploration phase will involve two rounds of alternatives development, review and refinement. The alternatives will respond to a variety of planning and development considerations, such as sustainability, strengthening campus image and identity, enhancing student and faculty engagement, reinforcing a vital heart to the campus, improving pedestrian and bicycle circulation and safety, and creating a framework for growth.
Phase 3: Synthesis
Phase 3 of the planning process will focus on the detailed development and documentation of the draft and final campus master plan. The master plan will establish a vision that links the University’s mission and vision with other perspectives generated through the planning process, while reinforcing the goals of the University’s Climate Action Plan and plans for carbon neutrality by 2030. The plan will establish a framework for building and site improvements that preserves and extends the sense and quality of place of the campus environment, and enhances connections with surrounding communities.
Environmental Impact Report
Notice of Preparation
Comprehensive Master Plan Full Document - June 2017*
Download the latest version of the CSU Monterey Bay Campus Master Plan. This document is currently undergoing analysis through the production of an Environmental Impact Report in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act.
*See 2020 Draft Master Plan for the most current plan.
What is a Master Plan?
A Master Plan provides a long-range vision for the structure of the built environment by guiding development of physical spaces.
What components are being considered through this process?
The master plan will consider a wide range of issues encompassing the academic environment, student and residential life, sustainability, mobility and infrastructure systems, and connections with Monterey Bay communities.
Why is a Master Plan necessary?
It is necessary to guide the development of the University so that each new project comes together in an orchestrated effort to create a vibrant campus community.
What has changes with the previous 2007 Master Plan?
The new master plan will build on earlier planning efforts but shift around the placement of housing and academic buildings to accommodate new developments.
Who is responsible for the development of the plan?
We've consulted with Page/BMS a planning firm to work alongside the University Planning & Development Department and the rest of the campus community.
Why should the Master Plan be important to you?
The plan should be important to you as it the guiding vision for the future of the university.
How have the voices of the students, staff and faculty been heard throughout this process?
During the past year we've held numerous engagement opportunities including; interviews, workshops, design charrettes and presentations. You can find the materials from these events under the documentation tab.
What phase of the plan are we in now?
Phase III - Synthesis; Bringing together all of the information from the previous phases and developing a final draft of the Master Plan.
When should the plan be finalized?
The plan should be finalized in the next few months after the final draft has been presented to the campus community.
What happens when the plan is completed?
The plan will continue to evolve. As a living document it will guide future development but will also be informed and modified to meet the changing needs of the university.
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