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2018 UC San Diego La Jolla Campus LRDP

The 2018 UC San Diego La Jolla Campus Long Range Development Plan (2018 LRDP) is a general land use plan that guides the physical development of the campus. The plan outlines 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, generating and disseminating knowledge and creative works, providing high-quality health care and by engaging in public service. The LRDP aligns with the goals of the university’s Strategic Plan while building upon foundational 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 catalyst for change, sparking discoveries that advance society, drive economic growth and positively impact the world.

In 2024, UC San Diego is embarking on an important effort to refresh its 10-Year Strategic Plan, remaining focused on the priorities that will support its continued growth and transformation as a public university. Keeping the LRDP current with the Strategic Plan helps to ensure UC San Diego’s priorities are aligned with a long-term planning horizon and shaped with an understanding of the opportunities and impacts of its growth. 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.

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

Update to the 2018 UC San Diego La Jolla Campus LRDP

Expanding access to students seeking a high-quality education has been a priority for the State, the University of California and UC San Diego. It requires ongoing investments in infrastructure, classroom space as well as faculty and staff to enhance the student experience. The university’s growth reflects a focus on UC San Diego’s role as a leader in research and a destination public university that is student centered, research driven, patient dedicated and service oriented. UC San Diego’s mission is grounded in its commitment to service and guided by the Strategic Plan, including investments and strategies that advance the university’s responsibility as a public university.

Demand for higher education and system-wide priorities to increase enrollment has contributed to UC San Diego experiencing higher rates of admitted students and associated campus population growth than projected by the adopted 2018 LRDP. Increased enrollment growth rates, in addition to increased staff growth due to the academic, administrative and UC San Diego Health program needs, has prompted the need to reassess the future population and development projections of the adopted 2018 LRDP and accompanying Environmental Impact Report (EIR). UC San Diego’s Update to the 2018 LRDP would adjust these growth forecasts and extend the planning horizon year from 2035 to 2040 to better align with the university’s long-term Strategic Plan goals and priorities. In addition, the Update would make related modifications to the land use plan that support the refreshed long-term development program.

The proposed Update is not a new plan and would be supplementary to the adopted 2018 LRDP. The primary goals, objectives and principles of the 2018 LRDP would remain relevant and consistent with the proposed update. In accordance with Section 15162 of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), UC San Diego will prepare a Subsequent EIR to evaluate and disclose potential impacts associated with approval and implementation of the proposed Update to the 2018 LRDP as well as changed conditions since the 2018 LRDP EIR was prepared.

To stay informed on the CEQA process related to the Update to the 2018 LRDP, email env-review@ucsd.edu with your name and email address.

Subsequent Draft Environmental Impact Report

An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is an informational document used to inform public agency decision makers and the general public of the potential significant environmental effects of a project, identify possible ways to mitigate or avoid the significant effects and describe a range of reasonable alternatives to the project that could feasibly attain most of its basic objectives while substantially lessening or avoiding any of the significant environmental impacts. A Subsequent EIR may be required when a substantial change is proposed to a project for which an EIR has been previously certified.

On February 29, 2024, UC San Diego issued a Notice of Preparation, a required step in the CEQA process intended to notify other agencies and the public on the decision to prepare a Subsequent EIR. The Subsequent EIR for the Update to the 2018 LRDP will incorporate by reference the certified 2018 LRDP EIR and will evaluate whether any new significant impacts or increase in severity of a previously identified impact would occur as a result of the update. New mitigation measures and alternatives may be proposed as part of the evaluation.

Notice of Preparation (PDF)

Public Scoping

The public scoping period is intended to offer an early opportunity for the campus community, neighbors, interested individuals, organizations and agencies to comment on the scope of the CEQA analysis. In compliance with time limits mandated by State law, the scoping period is anticipated to extend from February 29, 2024 to March 29, 2024.

Scoping comments can be emailed to env-review@ucsd.edu and must be received no later than 5 p.m. on March 29, 2024. To be considered, comments must focus on the content of the environmental analysis, mitigation measures, and alternatives analysis.

Interested individuals who wish to get additional information are invited to attend a Subsequent EIR Scoping Meeting on the UC San Diego campus. Written comments will also be accepted at the meeting.

Paid parking is available near the meeting venue. Please reach out to env-review@ucsd.edu should you require a subsidized parking pass to attend the meeting. For those who cannot attend the Public Scoping Meeting, the presentation will be recorded and available for streaming immediately following the meeting.

Subsequent Draft EIR

Comments received during the public scoping period will be considered during preparation of the Subsequent Draft EIR. Once the Subsequent Draft EIR is completed, a 45-day public review period will take place; this is expected to occur late summer 2024 and will be advertised, similar to the scoping period, with the addition of interested individuals who provided email addresses during the Scoping Period. Draft documents available for review will be posted here.

LRDP Process

The university initiated the 2018 LRDP and its accompanying EIR in 2016. It was a multi-faceted robust 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 (SANDAG). This process took more than two years and involved four general stages: Development, outreach, approval and implementation.

Stage 1 – Development

  • An executive level steering committee 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 projections.
  • Existing conditions and baseline studies, including a historical resources study, land use and infrastructure studies, and biological resources analyses were developed.
  • The UC San Diego Campus/Community Planning Committee (CCPC), an advisory campus 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 2018 La Jolla campus LRDP.

Stage 2 – Outreach

Campus Planning and key stakeholders:

  • Developed a Community Advisory Group comprising local community leaders and City representatives to work alongside the campus during the preparation of the 2018 LRDP.
  • Conducted a variety of open houses, community meetings, work group meetings and made presentations as well as hosted a public scoping meeting and a public hearing during the circulation of the draft 2018 LRDP EIR.
  • Shared information on the 2018 LRDP via email, campus publications, websites, newspaper noticing, 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.

Stage 4 – Implementation

  • The 2018 LRDP serves as a guide for implementation of individual development projects.
  • The 2018 LRDP EIR’s mitigation monitoring and reporting plan is implemented on a programmatic and individual project by project basis.
  • Proposed projects are evaluated for consistency with the 2018 LRDP and its accompanying 2018 LRDP EIR. Those found to be consistent with the Findings of the 2018 LRDP EIR are processed pursuant to CEQA with an Addendum to the 2018 LRDP EIR. Projects that are inconsistent require further evaluation and subsequent documentation and may require public review.
  • The campus tracks progress towards the overall population and development projected by the 2018 LRDP. As existing conditions change, the need to update the LRDP and evaluate potential new impacts in a supplemental or subsequent EIR is determined.

2018 LRDP 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 (NOP) 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.