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UC Berkeley postpones review of land use plan

– University of California, Berkeley, officials announced today (Monday, Sept. 13) that the campus is postponing submission of its Long Range Development Plan to the UC Board of Regents.

The proposed land use plan, which would guide campus development through the year 2020, instead will be submitted to the board for review and approval at its January meeting. The issue had been scheduled for the board's November meeting.

The new date will allow campus senior staff to review aspects of the plan that are of particular concern to the community: designation of a hill area above campus as a potential site for faculty housing and plans to increase parking by as much as 30 percent, or 2,300 spaces.

The postponement will also provide better access to community members who wish to attend the Regents' meeting. The November board meeting is in Los Angeles. The January 2005 meeting will take place in San Francisco.

The draft plan was distributed for public comment in spring 2004 and was followed by two public hearings. The final document was scheduled for completion and submission to the Board of Regents this fall. Once approved, the document will replace UC Berkeley's current long-range plan and guide campus development from 2005 to 2020.

More information on the 2020 LRDP is available online.