May 24, 2004 Update
Dear CSUN Community Member:
the first students came to the Northridge campus in 1956, we had no
computers. Today, nearly 50 years later, Cal State Northridge is home
to more than 8,000 computers that are absolutely essential to our
learning process. The lesson here, of course, is that this university
is constantly changing and evolving to better serve our students and
University to Update Campus Physical Master Plan
For that reason, during the coming 18 months, Cal State Northridge will
be conducting a comprehensive review and update of the university's
Campus Physical Master Plan to better envision our future. This
periodic process, which began this spring and will continue through
fall 2005, will try to anticipate the needs of the university during
the next 20 to 30 years.
Community Input and Involvement is Important
An important element of this planning process is community input and
involvement. During fall 2004, the university will be seeking public
input and comment through public meetings and other means on an updated
Campus Physical Master Plan, and then more review in spring 2005 on an
accompanying Environmental Impact Report on the updated master plan.
Ultimately, both documents will go to the California State University
Board of Trustees for approval.
Campus Master Planning Committee Will Guide Process
In January, President Jolene Koester convened a more than 20-member
Campus Physical Master Planning Committee, which includes community
representatives, to help guide the planning process and recommend a
team of consultants who will prepare the draft plans. The consultants
should be selected this June, allowing initial planning work to begin
Plan Update Will Look at Enrollment Capacity and Other
The most recent CSU Board of Trustees approval of our Campus Physical
Master Plan was in 1998. The review during the coming year will look at
the university's enrollment capacity; the needs for academic and other
facilities; the design and layout of the campus, including future plans
for the North Campus land north of Lassen Street; support components
such as student and employee housing, parking, athletic facilities and
food services; and many other issues.
Extensive Community Communication Planned
This letter is the first in a series of updates the university will
provide to community members as the planning process progresses. Once
the consulting team is selected, we also expect to launch a university
Web site that will provide updated information, as well as provide a
central e-mail address for campus and community comments on the
planning process. The draft master plan and EIR materials, once
prepared, will be public documents easily available for review.
the process, university representatives will be available to
assist community members interested in the university's planning
process. Among those will be Community Relations Director Judy Nutter
(firstname.lastname@example.org / (818) 677-2123 ) and Public Relations
(email@example.com / (818) 677-5674 ).
we will help shape a plan that keeps Cal State Northridge vital in the
decades ahead as the intellectual, economic and cultural heart of the
San Fernando Valley and beyond.
Chair, Campus Physical Master Planning Committee
Professor and Chair, Department of Finance, Real Estate and Insurance