Frequently Asked Questions

LRDP 101

WHAT IS A LRDP?

A long range development plan (LRDP) is a comprehensive policy and land use plan. Within the University of California system a LRDP identifies potential population growth and considers physical development on campus necessary to achieve the academic mission and responsibly conserve natural and cultural resources.

DOES THE 2003-15 LRDP EXPIRE?

No. In fact, the 2003-15 LRDP will remain the current plan until the new LRDP is approved by the Board of Regents of the University of California.

WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS FOR THE NEW LRDP?

Right now we’re engaging the community and gathering feedback on the initial planning concepts for the LRDP. We hope to release a draft ‘preliminary planning scenario’ later this year that outlines a development program for campus. For more information on the next steps, please see the What's Next webpage: 

HOW WILL FEEDBACK INFORM THE PLANNING PROCESS?

The LRDP aims to support the academic enterprise, create a more sustainable future, and enrich community life. As part of the community, we want to hear from you. We value your input and appreciate your interest in and engagement with UC Davis campus.  All community feedback will be carefully read and individually considered to help guide the LRDP update.

WILL UC DAVIS SHARE COMMENTS WITH THE PUBLIC?

Yes. We are committed to a transparent process and plan to summarize comments received and post on the website.


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GROWTH

HOW MUCH IS UC DAVIS GROWING?

The current population estimate for the Davis campus in 2027-28 includes an additional 6,870 students and 2,405 employees. For the 2014-15 academic year the average student population on campus was about 32,130. The number of employees for 2014-15 was about 12,095.

WHY IS UC DAVIS GROWING?

UC Davis is growing in several ways and for multiple reasons. Enrollment at UC Davis is growing to accommodate increased demand from California students and increased enrollment of national and international students. Faculty and staff numbers are growing to support the increased enrollment, as well as amplify research programs on campus, advise students as they navigate academic life, improve graduation rates, reduce time to degree, and assure compliance and transparency with respect to state and federal regulatory requirements.

WHAT IS THE 2020 INITIATIVE?

The 2020 Initiative which began in 2011 planned to admit another 5,000 undergraduates, hire 300 additional faculty, broaden our international reach, boost regional economic development, and provide financial stability for the campus.

HOW MUCH HAS UC DAVIS GROWN RECENTLY?

Since the 2011-12 academic year, the undergraduate student population in Davis has grown by about 3,000.

DOES THE LRDP ACCOMMODATE CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS?

Yes. UC Davis will provide additional enrollment opportunities for California residents, as envisioned by the 2020 Initiative and as part of the University of California’s recent announcement for an additional 10,000 students across the ten-campus system by 2017-18.


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HOUSING

HOW MANY PEOPLE CURRENTLY LIVE ON CAMPUS?

In 2014-15 UC Davis accommodated 9,400 students living on campus – 29% of the students based in Davis.

For more information, please go to the Campus Housing webpage.

HISTORICALLY, HOW MANY STUDENTS HAS UC DAVIS ACCOMMODATED?

Historically, campus has aspired to house about 25% of students based in Davis. Currently, campus guarantees housing for all first-year students. Since 2001, UC Davis has added capacity for approximately 3,300 more student residents on campus; accommodating about 35% of the growth in enrollment.

While the 1989 LRDP and its MOU with the City of Davis have been superseded by subsequent LRDPs, the number of students housed on campus in 2014-15 (the last year for which we have a full year of enrollment data) meets both the spirit and letter of the MOU.

The LRDP Preliminary Planning Scenario provides capacity to accommodate an additional 6,200 students in residence halls and apartments on campus. The LRDP Preliminary Planning Scenario, in aggregate with existing campus housing numbers, provides capacity to accommodate 40% of the LRDP enrollment capacity (39,000 students studying in Davis in 2027-28) and provides capacity to accommodate more than 90% of enrollment growth in residence halls and campus apartments.

WHAT CAMPUS HOUSING PROJECTS ARE CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION OR IN DESIGN AT UC DAVIS?

  • The Tercero 4 project is under construction and will accommodate an additional 500 first-year students beginning in Fall 2017.
  • By agreement with the master-lease holder for existing apartments in West Village, the number of students living in the area may increase by 624 in 2016-17. This increase is accomplished through a ‘double-up’ where large bedrooms, previously leased as individual rooms, may be leased as shared bedrooms. In addition to the double-up, the LRDP Preliminary Planning Scenario also includes capacity for another 1,626 students in West Village.
  • Design is underway on the reconstruction of the Webster/Emerson Residence Halls just north of Russell Blvd., west of Sycamore Lane. This project is projected to house approximately 300 additional students above today’s capacity.
  • The redevelopment of Orchard Park Apartments was recently reinitiated. The LRDP Preliminary Planning Scenario includes capacity for 900 students in the area.

WHAT IS THE UC OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT STUDENT HOUSING INITIATIVE?

The President’s Student Housing Initiative has two overarching goals: to ensure that each of UC’s campuses has sufficient housing for a growing student populace; and second, to keep housing as affordable as possible for UC students. More information is available at: http://ucop.edu/student-housing-initiative/index.html.

WHAT HOUSING COMMITMENTS WILL THE LRDP INCLUDE?

The current draft of the LRDP update provides capacity to accommodate 90% of enrollment growth in campus housing and 40% of the Davis-based students in campus housing by 2027-28.


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OTHER

HOW IS UC DAVIS ENGAGING THE CITY OF DAVIS?

UC Davis is pleased to partner with the City once again to co-host another LRPD open house and gather feedback in a shared platform. UC Davis will work with the recently appointed City Council Sub Committee on the LRDP and explore the possibilities of collaboration and partnership on a variety of topics. UC Davis co-hosted an open house with the City of Davis to engage local residents and discuss challenges facing the greater community in the fall of 2015.

For more information on public events, please see the What's Next webpage.

WILL THE LRDP INCLUDE A CONNECTION TO THE NISHI PROPERTY?

No, the revised plan does not include a roadway connection from campus into the Nishi property. This revision to the plan reflects the recent decision by the City of Davis to not approve the Nishi development proposal.

WILL THE LRDP RETAIN THE IDEA OF A RESEARCH PARK ON CAMPUS?

No, the current Plan includes two development sites near Interstate 80 for academic and administrative programs. These lands may also serve as a remote parking area and function as a renewable energy production site. The 2003 LRDP designated these sites as a research park with a half-million square feet of laboratory and office space and up to 2,400 employees. The Plan does not retain the idea of a research park in this area.

WHEN WILL WEST VILLAGE BE COMPLETED?

In 2014-15 West Village accommodated about 2,000 people, as well as a satellite campus for Sacramento City Community College and a UC Davis Energy Efficiency and Transportation Innovation Hub. The 2003-15 LRDP includes capacity for another 1,000 students and 475 faculty and staff in West Village. We are hopeful about the future and confident that we’ll realize the community open space as planned and complete the remaining housing.

WHY ARE THE ORCHARD PARK APARTMENTS VACANT?

Several years ago campus evaluated Orchard Park Apartments and determined that redevelopment of the area would cost slightly more than renovation but last much longer. Based upon this direction, a decision was made to close Orchard Park and redevelop the site for family and graduate student housing. Based upon community concerns raised during the planning process, a Student Family Housing Redevelopment Committee was appointed to address community concerns and move the project forward in a more acceptable manner. The summary report was recently completed and is now under consideration. The report is available here: https://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/current-students/student-family-housing-redevelopment.


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