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.

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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

Current Environmental Documents:

STUDENT HOUSING WEST

The proposed Student Housing West Project will develop up to 3,000 new beds of housing for upper division undergraduate students, graduate students and students with families on the west side of the campus. The Project will include support spaces, amenities, and associated infrastructure.  The project will be developed in phases, with at least 900 beds to be available for occupancy in Fall 2020 and the remainder of the project to be completed by Fall 2022. Implementation of the proposed Project may require an amendment to the 2005 LRDP land use map, to change less than 5 acres of land on the west campus from Campus Resources Land (CRL) to Colleges and Student Housing (CSH).

The University will prepare a project-level Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to analyze the potential environmental effects of the proposed action.  The University has issued a notice of preparation (NOP) to solicit the views of agencies and the public as to the scope and content of the environmental analysis (see link, below). The EIR scoping period ends October 2, 2017. An EIR scoping session will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2017, from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Louden Nelson Community Center at 301 Center Street in downtown Santa Cruz.

LINK TO NEW NOP

AMENDMENT TO UC SANTA CRUZ 2005 LONG RANGE DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR STUDENT HOUSING

In April 2017, UC Santa Cruz published a notice of preparation (NOP) for a subsequent environmental impact report (SEIR) that would analyze the potential environmental impacts of an amendment to the UC Santa Cruz 2005 Long Range Development Plan (“2005 LRDP”). The project described in the NOP was the re-designation of 14 acres of land on the main campus west of Porter College from Campus Resource Land (CRL) to Colleges and Student Housing (CSH). The proposed amendment would facilitate the future development of on-campus housing for 3,000 students on a 50-acre site that would include the re-designated 14 acres.

Since the release of the NOP in April 2017, the Campus has advanced the planning for the student housing project and determined that adequate information is now available to evaluate the 3,000-bed student housing project for its specific impacts. UC Santa Cruz therefore is no longer planning to prepare the SEIR as described in the April 2017 NOP, and has issued a revised NOP for a project-level EIR that will evaluate the environmental impacts from the construction of the Student Housing West Project, including the impacts of an LRDP amendment.

PUBLIC ACCESS TO AND WITHIN YOUNGER LAGOON NATURAL RESERVE

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UPPER QUARRY AMPHITHEATER RENOVATION, PHASE 1

The public review period for the Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Upper Quarry Amphitheater Renovation Phase 1 Project closed on October 14, 2016. The University adopted the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration and approved the Project design on November 7, 2016. The Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration, CEQA Findings, and Notice of Determination are available below.

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MARINE SCIENCE CAMPUS PROJECTS: COASTAL BIOLOGY BUILDING AND INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS

The Marine Science Campus Projects Environmental Impact Report (“MSC Projects EIR”) analyzed the potential environmental impacts of four interrelated projects at the UC Santa Cruz Coastal Science Campus  (formerly known as the Marine Science Campus). The four projects, which are currently under construction, include development of a new laboratory building, greenhouses, and associated infrastructure. The campus is now proposing a change order to the existing construction contract to include additional parking lot development in two locations. The Campus has prepared an addendum to the MSC Projects EIR to evaluate whether these project changes would cause any new significant environmental effects that were not considered in the MSC Projects EIR. The addendum was circulated for public review from June 13 to July 13, 2016. The University approved the design of the Coastal Science Parking Lots on July 15, 2016.

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ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY FACILITY PROJECT

The public comment period for the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Environmental Health and Safety Facility Project closed May 6, 2016. The Chancellor approved  the Project design in September 2016. The Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration, CEQA Notice of Determination, and CEQA Findings are available below.

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ALTERATIONS FOR ACADEMIC PROGRAMS, PHASE 1 & PHASE 2

The Campus has prepared Addendum #3 to the 2005 LRDP EIR for the Alterations for Academic Programs Phase 1 Project. The proposed Project would partly implement the Building C improvements approved by the UC Santa Cruz Chancellor in February 2007 as part of the 2300 Delaware Avenue Project. The 2300 Delaware Avenue Project was described and analyzed in Volume 3 of the UC Santa Cruz 2005 LRDP EIR. The 2005 LRDP was adopted and the 2005 LRDP EIR was certified by the Regents of the University of California in September, 2006. The Chancellor approved the Project in May 2015. Links to the CEQA documents that have been prepared in conjunction with this approval—the 2005 LRDP EIR, Addendum #3 to the 2005 LRDP EIR, and the CEQA Findings and Draft Notice of Determination for the proposed Alterations for Academic Programs--are provided below.

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RECYCLING YARD AND GREAT MEADOW BIKE PATH PROJECTS

The public comment period for the Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Recycling Yard and Great Meadow Bike Path Projects ended on April 9, 2015. The Bike Path Project design was approved by the Vice Chancellor-Business and Administrative Services on April 23, 2015.  The UC President approved the design of the Recycling Yard Phase 1 on April 15, 2016. The Final Initial Study and the CEQA Findings and Notice of Determination for the Bike Path Project and the Recycling Yard Phase 1 Project are available below.

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LANDELS HILL- BIG CREEK NATURAL RESERVE FACILITY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

The public comment period for the Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Landels Hill-Big Creek Natural Reserve Facility Improvement Project ended on December 15, 2014. The Project design was approved by the Vice Chancellor-Business and Administrative Services on April 20, 2015.  The Final Initial Study, CEQA Findings, and Notice of Determination are available below.

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MARINE MAMMAL POOLS EXPANSION AND RENOVATION PROJECT

The public comment period for the Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Mammal Pools Expansion and Renovation Project ended on December 6, 2013. The Project was approved by the UCSC Chancellor on March 19, 2014. The Campus submitted a Notice of Impending Development for this project to the California Coastal Commission on April 10, 2014. The Final Initial Study, CEQA Findings, Notice of Determination, and Notice of Impending Development are available below.

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ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY INTERIM STORAGE

INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS PHASE 2 ELECTRICITY, NATURAL GAS AND HEATING HOT WATER SYSTEMS

Telecommunication Infrastructure Upgrade Phase A Final Initial Study/Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration

The public comment period for the Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the UC Santa Cruz Telecommunications Infrastructure Improvements Phase A Project ended on November 2, 2012. The Project was approved by the UCSC Chancellor on July 11, 2013. The Final Initial Study, CEQA Findings, and Notice of Determination are available below.

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Merrill Residence Hall Capital Renewal

The public comment period for the Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the UC Santa Cruz Merrill College Capital Renewal Project ended on July 9, 2012. The Project was approved by the UCSC Chancellor on January 3, 2013. In September 2013, the Chancellor will consider approving modifications to the design of the project, to include demolition of the Guzman Suites building. The CEQA documents that have been prepared in conjunction with this approval-- Addendum #1 to the Initial Study, and the CEQA Findings and Draft Notice of Determination for the design modification approval--are available below.

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Other UCSC Environmental Documents

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