Environmental Review/CEQA

Physical Planning and Construction conducts environmental review in accordance with the guidelines established by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Under UC Santa Cruz's Coastal Long Range Development Plan for the Marine Science Campus, Physical Planning and Construction also prepares Notices of Impending Development and supporting documents for review by the California Coastal Commission.

The 2005 Long Range Development Plan Environmental Impact Report

The 2005 LRDP EIR is available online at https://lrdp.ucsc.edu/index-2005.shtml

Current Environmental Documents:

GREAT MEADOW BIKE PATH PRESERVATION AND SAFETY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT PHASE 2

The University has prepared an Initial Study for the Great Meadow Bike Path Preservation and Safety Improvement Project Phase 2 (Great Meadow Bike Path Project). Based upon the Initial Study, the University has determined that a Mitigated Negative Declaration is appropriate for the proposed Project. The project consists of reconstructing and widening the existing Great Meadow Bike path to meet current Caltrans standards to the extent feasible within the current alignment. This would include reconstruction and repaving of the path, widening and paving of shoulders, correcting existing drainage issues adjacent to the path, and designating specific portions of the path for shared pedestrian and bicycle use.

The Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration was circulated for a 30-day public review period. The public review period closed on May 6, 2019. The Vice Chancellor – Business and Administrative Services adopted the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration and approved the project on May 16, 2019. Links to the Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration and the Notice of Determination are provided below.

Notice of Determination

 Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration

 

 

KRESGE COLLEGE RENEWAL AND EXPANSION PROJECT

Kresge College, one of ten residential colleges on the UC Santa Cruz Campus, was originally constructed in 1973. Its existing 22 buildings, 21 of which are included in the project scope,  support a complete living and learning community with student residences, academic and classroom spaces, administrative offices, lecture and performance venues, outdoor social areas, and other community-serving spaces. The project would involve demolition of nine existing buildings; construction of a cluster of three new residential buildings, an academic building, and a multi-purpose assembly space; and renovation of 12 existing buildings. New and renovated or reconstructed buildings would be reprogrammed to increase the functionality of the residential, academic, and student support spaces. In addition, the project would include improvements to and new construction of outdoor amenities, circulation features (including bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure), storm water management system components, landscaping features, and utilities. The project would retain key legacy site features of the existing Kresge College complex.

The University prepared an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Kresge College Project. The public review period for the Draft EIR ended on Monday, January 7, 2019. The Regents approved the project on March 13, 2019. Links to the Draft EIR, Final EIR, CEQA Findings, and Notice of Determination are provided below.

Documents available online:

 

STUDENT HOUSING WEST

The proposed project would construct housing for approximately 3,000 students at two sites on the UC Santa Cruz main campus via a public-private partnership (P3) delivery method. The project would demolish the existing 200-unit family student housing complex and child care facility west of Heller Drive and redevelop the 13-acre site with approximately 2,900 student beds in 6 buildings, a total of approximately 858,900 sf. The project would develop approximately 140 units of housing for student families, and a child care center, on a 17-acre site northeast of the intersection of Glenn Coolidge Drive and Hagar Drive (Hagar site). The development of student housing on the Hagar site would require an amendment of the 2005 LRDP to change the land use designation from Campus Resource Land to Colleges and Student Housing.

In March 2018, the University published the Student Housing West Project Draft EIR, which was circulated for agency and public comment for an initial period of 45 days that ended on May 11, 2018. The public comment period was then extended for over an additional 45 days, which ended on June 27, 2018. In light of changes to the project since the publication of the Draft EIR, and to provide additional analysis and clarification on several topics as requested in comments on the Draft EIR, the University published a Revised Draft EIR, which replaced in full the previously published Draft EIR. The Revised Draft EIR was circulated for agency and public comment for a period of 45 days that ended on November 1, 2018.

The Final EIR, completed in February 2019, includes copies of comments on the Revised Draft EIR and written responses to all of the comments. Links to the Draft and Final EIR are provided below. Copies are also available for review at the Downtown Branch of the Santa Cruz Public Library, 224 Church St.

The Regents approved the Student Housing West Project on March 29, 2019. Links to the Revised Draft EIR, Final EIR, CEQA Findings, and Notice of Determination are provided below.


 

Seymour Marine Discovery Center Emergency Generator Replacement


Other Environmental Documents