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January 3, 2005 Letter to Neighbors from UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau

Dear Neighbor,

I am pleased to inform you that the UC Berkeley 2020 Long Range Development Plan has been completed and will be presented to the UC Board of Regents this month. I would like to express my thanks to community members, campus colleagues, and local officials who have reviewed the draft plan and offered suggestions and ideas.

 Chancellor Robert Birgeneau

The changes we have made to the plan honor our shared goals as a community, in particular:

  • Eliminating the proposed construction of 100 units of faculty housing in the Hill Campus, in recognition of community concerns about potential fire hazards and ecological impacts.
  • Deferring 500 of the 2,300 net new parking spaces proposed in the draft plan, provided milestones for significant improvements to public transit are achieved, to reflect our shared commitment to a livable community.

In my short time here I have been impressed by the principles evident in our campus planning. As a premier public university, our plans must be guided first and foremost by our academic mission, and the 2020 LRDP reflects and supports the principles of the UC Berkeley Strategic Academic Plan. The 2020 LRDP also builds upon the vision established in the campus's New Century Plan, the Landscape Master Plan, and the Landscape Heritage Plan. These plans preserve and enhance our extraordinary legacy of architecture and landscape.

Because we must ensure our community remains a great place to live and learn, the 2020 LRDP encourages academic collaboration, values sustainable design and construction, and endorses thoughtful municipal policies and plans. You can learn more about the new LRDP and related reports in this website.

It is already evident to me what a unique and wonderful place Berkeley is and how much the community contributes to the life of the campus. I look forward to working with you in the future.

With warmest regards.

Yours sincerely,

Robert J. Birgeneau
Chancellor, UC Berkeley