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2018 La Jolla Campus LRDP

The Long Range Development Plan is a general land use plan that guides the physical development of the campus. The plan outlines the possibilities for growth in a way that acknowledges the campus’s historic foundations, natural beauty and unique character while ensuring that UC San Diego can continue to advance its mission: To transform California and a diverse global society by educating, by generating and disseminating knowledge and creative works, and by engaging in public service. The LRDP aligns with the goals of our university’s Strategic Plan while adhering to urban planning principles established by previous Long Range Development Plans and the 1989 Master Plan study.

Recognized as one of the top 15 research universities worldwide, UC San Diego is a vibrant and dynamic public institution that provides opportunity for all. UC San Diego is a catalyst for change, sparking discoveries that advance society, drive economic growth and positively impact the world.

The UC Regents approved the La Jolla Campus 2018 LRDP in November 2018. The 2018 LRDP is the sixth comprehensive long-range plan for the physical development of the campus. UC San Diego produced previous plans in 1963, 1966, 1981, 1989 and 2004. This update will guide development through 2035.

View the Final La Jolla Campus 2018 Long Range Development Plan (PDF).


Updating the Long Range Development Plan and its required Environmental Impact Report was a multi-faceted effort and included consultation with a variety of stakeholders: faculty, students, staff, adjacent cities and neighborhoods, community planning groups and agencies, such as the California Coastal Commission, the City of San Diego and the San Diego Association of Governments. This process took several years and involved three general stages: development, outreach and approval.

Stage 1 – Development

  • Campus leadership formed an executive level steering committee that facilitated development of an updated enrollment and academic plan that served as the basis for population projections through 2035.
  • The resulting projections allowed planners to study land use and development implications to accommodate the associated physical growth.
  • Campus leadership developed existing conditions and baseline studies, including a historical resources study, land use and infrastructure studies, and biological resources analyses.
  • The UC San Diego Campus/Community Planning Committee, an advisory committee consisting of a wide range of campus stakeholders charged by the chancellor, reviewed and provided input on the planning and land use assumptions that were incorporated into the updated La Jolla campus LRDP.

Stage 2 – Outreach

Campus Planning and key stakeholders:

  • Developed a community advisory committee to work with the campus during the LRDP update.
  • Conducted a variety of community meetings, work groups and presentations as well as a public scoping meeting and a public hearing.
  • Shared information on the LRDP update via email, campus publications, websites, social media and more.

Stage 3 – Approval

  • After extensive outreach, Campus Planning finalized the LRDP and the EIR and presented them to the UC Regents.
  • The UC Regents certified the EIR before approving the LRDP. The final LRDP guides campus development until the next LRDP update.

Community Involvement

Throughout the LRDP process, UC San Diego involved the campus and surrounding communities through a variety of avenues including town halls, community meetings and outreach through email, websites and social media.

As of summer 2016, we have shared information with groups on and off campus including:

  • Associated Students
  • Campus/Community Planning Committee
  • La Jolla Community Groups
  • La Jolla Community Planning Association
  • La Jolla Rotary
  • La Jolla Shores Association
  • La Jolla Town Council
  • La Jolla Village Community Council
  • LRDP Community Advisory Group
  • LRDP Steering Committee
  • Marine Sciences Physical Planning Committee
  • San Diego City Council – District 1 Candidates
  • San Diego Unified School District
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography Facilities Retreat
  • Top Producers
  • UC San Diego Alumni Board
  • UC San Diego Foundation
  • UC San Diego Staff Sustainability Network
  • UC San Diego Student College Councils
  • University Community Planning Group

Community Advisory Group

The Community Advisory Group formed so that community representatives could engage with campus administration on the 2018 LRDP update. The group met 13 times during the LRDP update process and discussed aspects of the plan related to: Enrollment and population projections; square footages; transportation; housing; sustainability; and other topics as applicable. The meetings provide a forum for UC San Diego and the community to better understand each other’s priorities and improve the collective understanding of the campus’s future development.

Community Advisory Group Participants

Committee Members

  • Committee Chair, Robert Clossin, UC San Diego Campus Planning
  • Committee Executive, Anu Delouri, UC San Diego Campus Planning
  • Ann Kerr Bache, La Jolla Town Council
  • Barry Bernstein, University City Community Association
  • Helen Boyden, La Jolla Community Planning Association
  • Linda Caldwell, University Community Planning Group
  • Dede Donovan, La Jolla Community Planning Association
  • Lesly Figueroa, UC San Diego Student
  • Gail Forbes, La Jolla Town Council
  • Dave Gordon, La Jolla Shores Association
  • Cindy Greatrex, La Jolla Community Planning Association
  • Luanne Gross, University Community Planning Group
  • Nancy Groves, University Community Planning Group
  • Andie Hosch, University Community Planning Group – UC San Diego Student
  • Petr Krysl, University Community Planning Group
  • Mack Langston, University City Community Association
  • Nicholas Lebeouf, La Jolla Shores Association
  • Dan Monroe, City of San Diego – University City Planner
  • Maureen Murphy, La Jolla Town Council
  • Marlon Pagilinan, City of San Diego – La Jolla Planner
  • John Shannon, La Jolla Town Council
  • Bob Steck, La Jolla Community Planning Association
  • Izzy Tihanyi, La Jolla Shores Association

UC San Diego Committee Advisors

  • Bob Brown, Campus Planning
  • Aaron Byzak, Government and Community Affairs – Health
  • Mark Cunningham, Housing * Dining * Hospitality
  • Bob Frazier, Housing * Dining * Hospitality
  • Steven Gallagher, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Raeanon Hartigan, Campus Planning
  • Lauren Lievers, Campus Planning
  • Josh Kavanagh, Transportation Services
  • Russell King, Housing * Dining * Hospitality
  • Bob Leiter, Urban Studies and Planning Program
  • Gary Matthews, Vice Chancellor Resource Management and Planning
  • David Mier, Government and Community Affairs – Health
  • Catherine Presmyk, UC San Diego Campus Planning
  • Zach Schlagel, Government and Community Affairs - Health
  • Ginger Stout, UC San Diego Campus Planning

Environmental Impact Report

In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), prior to beginning the Draft Environmental Impact Report, UC San Diego issued a Notice of Preparation and conducted a public and agency scoping process to consider input on the range of impacts and approach to the environmental analysis process. The NOP review period began November 4, 2016 and ended Dec. 5, 2016. UC San Diego held a public scoping meeting on November 29, 2016.

UC San Diego circulated the Draft EIR for a 45-day public review period from July 30, 2018 through September 12, 2018 and invited agencies and the public to provide comments. Responses to all comments received are included with the Final EIR. UC San Diego staff held a public hearing and gave a presentation on the Draft EIR on August 23, 2018. After the presentation, the public had an opportunity to provide oral and written comments. A court reporter recorded the hearing and the transcript is included with the Final EIR.

In accordance with established University of California procedures, the UC Board of Regents approved the 2018 LRDP and certified the Final EIR on November 15, 2018. You can view the three volumes of Final EIR using the links below.