UCSF Releases Long Range Development Plan
By Steven Chin
UCSF has released a draft of its 2014 Long Range Development Plan (LRDP), which is intended to guide the University’s growth and other physical changes through the year 2035.
Some of the physical changes include building a new hospital addition at Parnassus Heights, doubling the amount of housing for faculty and students, and completing the next stages in developing modern research, teaching and clinical facilities, as well as new open space, at Mission Bay.
The University is seeking public comment on it through the end of September, before submitting it for final approval from the UC Board of Regents.
“This document reflects four years of planning, including extensive consultation both within UCSF and with our neighbors,” said John Plotts, UCSF’s senior vice chancellor of finance and administration. “In preparing the Draft LRDP, we explored in detail a variety of potential projects for each campus site, which we discussed at seven community workshops in the Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay, Mount Zion and Mission Center neighborhoods. The current plan reflects the feedback we received in those workshops.”
Plotts said the main objective for the 2014 LRDP was to accommodate UCSF's projected program growth over the next two decades “within the context of the communities and City in which we work, while promoting environmental sustainability, minimizing facility costs and ensuring that our facilities are seismically safe.”
The comprehensive physical-land-use plan applies specific strategies to achieve the academic, clinical and research missions of the university.
If fully implemented over the next 20 years, the 2014 LRDP would result in an additional 2.3 million gross square feet (gsf) in owned and leased buildings, for a total of 11.58 million gsf across all of UCSF’s sites.
The LRDP proposes to accommodate most of this growth in new buildings at Mission Bay, where there is undeveloped land available and infrastructure planned to support such growth.
Additional space is proposed in new buildings at UCSF’s Parnassus Heights, Mount Zion and Mission Center campus sites. LRDP proposals for Parnassus Heights also advance UCSF’s work toward meeting the 3.55 million gsf space ceiling imposed by the Regents, while addressing state seismic laws for inpatient facilities by decommissioning Moffitt Hospital as an inpatient facility and building an addition to Long Hospital by 2030.
The University will publish a draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on the 2014 LRDP later this year, reflecting the potential environmental impacts of these proposals, according to Potts.
Following a 60-day public review period for the EIR, final versions of both the LRDP and the EIR will be submitted to the UC Board of Regents for their review and consideration. Upon adoption by the Regents, the 2014 LRDP will replace UCSF’s 1996 LRDP, as amended.
“I encourage you to review this plan, both to understand the university's goals and projections over the next two decades, and to be part of the process of planning our future,” urged Potts in an email to university staff.