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.

Copies of the documents can be viewed at:

Written comments on the campus' environmental documents can be submitted to: Alisa Klaus, UC Santa Cruz, Physical Planning & Construction, 1156 High St , Barn G, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, or via email to eircomment@ucsc.edu

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:


The proposed Kresge College Project includes new construction, renovation, and selective removal of buildings in the existing Kresge College complex, and improvements to the site infrastructure. Kresge College, one of ten residential colleges on the UC Santa Cruz Campus, was originally constructed in 1973. Its 23 buildings support a complete living and learning community with student residences, academic buildings and classroom spaces, administrative offices, lecture and performance venues, outdoor social areas, and other community-serving spaces. The Project would provide additional square footage for residential, academic and student support programs while addressing issues of accessibility, code compliance, and sustainability in the existing buildings.  One of the project objectives includes embracing the important legacy of the site by retaining key character-defining elements such as the relationship to the natural environment, the existing site organization and landscape features, and the majority of existing buildings.

The University is preparing an environmental impact report (EIR) for the Kresge College Project. A notice of preparation (NOP) for this EIR was issued on April 5, 2018, to request input regarding the scope and content of the Draft EIR. Written comments on the NOP can be sent anytime during the scoping period which begins April 5, 2018 and ends May 4, 2018 at 5:00 PM. A link to the NOP, which includes information on the project and how to submit comments, is provided below. An information and scoping session will be held on Tuesday, April 17, from 5PM to 7PM at the Kresge Town Hall on the UC Santa Cruz main campus.


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 2,830 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 an additional 47 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 has decided to publish a Revised Draft EIR for the revised project for agency and public review. The Revised Draft EIR replaces in full the previously published Draft EIR. A link to the Draft EIR is provided below. Copies are also available for review at the Downtown Branch of the Santa Cruz Public Library, 224 Church St.

Two additional information and public comment hearings will be held to provide information about the project and an opportunity for agencies and members of the public to provide oral comments on the Revised Draft EIR:

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, 6:30-8:30 PM

Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St. Santa Cruz, CA
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, 5-7 PM

Kresge Town Hall, 510 Porter-Kresge Rd., UC Santa Cruz main campus

Written comments on the Revised Draft EIR may be submitted to: Director of Campus Planning, UC Santa Cruz, Physical Planning & Construction, 1156 High St, Mailstop: PPDO, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, or via email to eircomment@ucsc.edu. The extended public review period closes on Thursday, November 1, 2018, at 5:00 PM.

Other Environmental Documents