May 15, 2017
This session, as part of the Intersection of Planning & CEQA track, at the 2017 AEP Conference, will describe the basic planning jurisdictional responsibilities of the University of California (UC), California State University (CSU), and Stanford University and how they differ from each other and from local jurisdictions. Kate Giberson will moderate the session, and will include specific examples, complex issues, and challenges in the planning process will be described including, but not limited to:
- Public services and utilities
- Transportation and parking
- Land use compatibility
- Changing state regulations and campus policies.
The panel will also discuss the ability of campuses to plan projects and mitigate impacts over the long term rather than on a project-by-project basis and how this can benefit campus and community. Our panel will also discuss recent case law relating to university campus issues and their ramifications.
There are more than 100 colleges and universities in California – 10 in the UC system, 23 in the CSU system, and dozens of private universities and colleges, not to mention the more than 100 community colleges. These colleges and universities are in all types of communities throughout California from major urban centers such as Los Angeles and San Francisco, to coastal areas such as Santa Barbara and Monterey Bay, to smaller rural communities such as Chico and Merced. Each campus faces its own set of planning challenges that are often unique to universities and to each campus setting. These unique planning challenges impact not only the campuses themselves, but also the communities and regions in which they are located. Staff at these campuses need to navigate the political waters between campus and community, as well as evaluate environmental impacts under CEQA to achieve successful development projects, all in a time of growing enrollments and limited capital resources.
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