Planning Documents

UC Berkeley Long Range Development Plan

The Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) is one of our most important tools for responsible long-term campus planning and for being a good community partner. UC Berkeley carefully plans for and considers its facility requirements relative to its budget and needs. At its core, the LRDP is a land-use plan that proposes how to best utilize areas of the campus and considers the associated facilities and infrastructure needed to support those uses.

2021 Long Range Development Plan

The 2021 LRDP is a forecast for responsible, flexible, and sustainable development. The 2021 LRDP is not a mandate for growth. Over the next 15 years, the campus expects the undergraduate student population to grow by an annual average of only 1%, or less, a rate that is less than projected for the population of the surrounding region. A UC campus's LRDP does not approve or require specific new buildings or projects. Rather, UC Berkeley's 2021 LRDP is a strategy for where development would take place if it is eventually funded. As future projects are developed within the LRDP framework, they would have the appropriate environmental analysis and go through all required approval processes before any construction begins.

UC Berkeley has historically had more stringent sustainability goals than neighboring cities and the 2021 LRDP pushes the campus to be even greener. The plan integrates sustainability policies with long-term campus planning to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, limit energy and water use, reduce waste, and promote alternative transportation. In addition to reaffirming our commitment to addressing the student housing crisis and acknowledging the increasing effects of climate change, the 2021 LRDP also recognizes a need to increase investment in research and instructional space to modernize facilities for new pedagogies, technologies, and seismic safety.

UC Berkeley's 2021 LRDP is about maximizing the use of increasingly constrained land and financial resources, and optimizing investment in service of our mission and strategic priorities.

The 2021 LRDP embodies thousands of hours of participation by faculty, students, staff, and the community, including a special LRDP Community Advisory Group with representatives appointed by the Berkeley mayor and city councilmembers, and members of the local business community. The updated LRDP was shared with the campus and the community(link is external) in February 2021. The 2021 LRDP, the Final Environmental Impact Report, and the updated Physical Design Framework were approved by the UC Board of Regents on July 22, 2021.

Download: 2021 Long Range Development Plan (PDF)

2021 LRDP Environmental Impact Report

UC campuses are required to prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for their Long Range Development Plans.

The UC Board of Regents approved the 2021 LRDP and certified the EIR on July 22, 2021.

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Physical Design Framework

The Physical Design Framework sets forth a vision for the physical development of the UC Berkeley campus in Berkeley and Oakland, supporting its academic and educational mission. The Physical Design Framework describes the approach to physical planning and development for the campus, including design strategies to guide capital projects.

Download: Physical Design Framework (PDF)

New Century Plan

The new century found UC Berkeley at the threshold of major physical change. The substantial capital investments required to improve the seismic safety of our buildings, and accommodate the growing number of college-age Californians, also presented us with a unique opportunity to leverage those investments to renew the campus, and provide the space and infrastructure we require to maintain the Berkeley standard of excellence.

Download: New Century Plan (PDF)

Landscape Master Plan

The Landscape Master Plan, a comprehensive long range plan that guides the stewardship of the campus open space, was published in January 2004. The Plan presents a broad physical framework for the use and treatment of open space within the central campus. By establishing a vision for the form and expression of the landscape, the University ensures appropriate long-term development of the campus and associated support of the University mission.

Download: Landscape Master Plan (PDF)