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:


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 ten existing buildings; construction of a cluster of three new residential buildings, an academic building, and a multi-purpose assembly space; and renovation of 11 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 has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Kresge College Project. 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. The Campus has scheduled two public comment meetings to provide information about the project and an opportunity for agencies and members of the public to provide oral comments on the Draft EIR:

Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 6:30-8:30 PM
Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St. Santa Cruz, CA
Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 5:30-7:30 PM
Kresge Town Hall, Porter-Kresge Road, UC Santa Cruz main campus
Written comments on the 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 public review period closes on Monday, January 7, 2019, at 5:00 PM.


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 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 Student Housing West Project and associated Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) amendment will be the subject of a discussion item by the UC Regents Committee on Finance and Capital Strategies on January 16, 2019 (https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/jan19/fin.pdf). Details of the meeting time and location are provided below. The open sessions of Regents meetings are also streamed online. The Regents will not be considering approval of the project design or the LRDP amendment at this meeting. UC Santa Cruz intends to bring a design approval item before the Regents at the March 13-14, 2019 meeting.

UC Regents Finance and Capital Strategies Committee, open meeting
January 16, 2019, 1:00 PM
Robertson Auditorium
UC San Francisco, Mission Bay Conference Center
1675 Owens Street, San Francisco  94158

Other Environmental Documents