Why 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 2010 LRDP makes its land use assumptions on a projected maximum population of 35,000 students. UC Riverside has surpassed this important enrollment milestone. UC Riverside’s current vision regarding enrollment and the physical development necessary to support continued future growth.
How is the LRDP Related to the Strategic Plan?
As UCR enters into the development of its next strategic plan, it is helpful to understand the differences between the strategic plan and the LRDP. The LRDP is a long-range land use plan that looks at very broad growth assumptions and considers their environmental impact. The strategic plan focuses on UCR’s mission, vision, and values, and provides direction regarding our priorities and aspirational goals. The strategic plan drives the UCR operational and capital budget priorities, while the LRDP provides parameters for how land use can support those priorities. A strategic plan is important to guide an organization, but not required. The LRDP is required by the state.
Who All Were 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, also subject to the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) that requires 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 has prepared a new LRDP and LRDP Environmental Impact Report. The Campus Planning unit of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Planning Budget & Administration managed 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 provided critical insight on key issues such as Academic and Research needs, Housing, Safety, and Infrastructure, among others.