Ancillary Planning

Volume 2, Chapter 4


Ancillary area planning includes Facility precinct or area plans, inclusion areas, and off-site properties. Planning at these scales and for these areas is done at the discretion of each Facility. Standing Order 100.4(ff) authorizes the President to administer real properties used for campus- related purposes. These areas are defined as properties within the boundaries of a University Facility and other properties used for student and employee housing, parking, athletic programs, research, public service, educational programs, or administrative staff purposes.

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Precinct or area plans are intermediate in scale, falling somewhere between Facility-wide plans and individual project plans. They divide a Facility into sub-areas and evaluate each area in more detail. The divisions may be determined geographically or topically, for example, the Northwest precinct or the Engineering precinct. Precinct or area plans provide information that makes site selection and site analysis easier and translate planning concepts into physical form.

Precinct or area plans do the following:

  • Test the development capacity of a district in more detail than is possible in a larger-scaled plan.
  • Analyze the physical relationship between building programs and activities in an area.
  • Evaluate the relationship of buildings and open space.
  • Evaluate connections between circulation, academics, and utilities, for example, how traffic moves through an area, or which pedestrian links need to be preserved as an area is developed.
  • Identify ways to emphasize the identity of a precinct or area (if desired).

4.1.1 Guidelines for Implementation

Facilities may produce guidelines to provide more detail about their desired image, landscape treatments for special areas, architectural massing, and building orientation. These guidelines are advisory and do not require a discretionary action by The Regents, and thus are not subject to the California Environmental Quality Act.

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Inclusion areas are parcels of Facility land designated as income production or other forms of Facility support. These parcels are developed for a variety of uses such as for-sale housing, office buildings, and research and development. These areas often provide valuable connections between industry and academia, where academic endeavors are used in commercial applications.

Inclusion areas are usually planned in conjunction with Facility's real estate development or equivalent office. Coordination between Facility planning and real estate offices verifies that the goals and plans for each inclusion area are consistent with overall Facility goals, and that activities within inclusion areas are compatible with existing LRDP land uses.

4.2.1 Off-Site Properties

Each Facility may lease or own off-site properties. Planning responsibility for these properties depends on whether they are permanent, who funds the use of the properties, and which entity within the University has administrative responsibility for the properties. Examples of these types of properties include:

  • Natural Reserve System A collection of 29 land areas where natural science research takes place. The Natural Reserve System is a subdivision of the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR). Each reserve is assigned to a campus for administration.
  • Agricultural Extension The DANR also includes nine agricultural centers and field stations and 52 county cooperative extension offices throughout California. Land use planning for these Facilities is administered by DANR's Office of Facilities Planning and Management.
  • Gift properties Property donated or willed to a campus.
  • Faculty or student housing.
  • Agricultural research fields.
  • Observatories and marine laboratories.

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