May 23, 2003 — The University of Utah has retained the services of Hanbury Evans Wright & Vlattas and ajc architects to provide campus land-planning services for the five-year update of its 1997 Long Range Development Plan (LRDP). Opportunities for public comment and participation are an important part of the process. The LRDP is a broad campus land-use and transportation plan projected over a 20-year planning horizon. Guidelines are established which maintain and enhance the campus environment while supporting the University’s mission of education, research, and service.
The 2003 LRDP will be an official document of the University of Utah, approved and accepted by the Utah System of Higher Education Board of Regents, and will address specifics within three general categories:
1. The location, massing, nature, and density of proposed buildings and landscape improvements;2. The size and location of existing and needed utilities infrastructure; and
3. The impact of alternative transportation (including the extension of the TRAX University Line) on the campus and the impact of additional campus development on traffic, transportation and parking.
Members of the University and general community are invited to participate in a series of 2003 LRDP Workshops during the planning process. The first set of public workshops will be Wednesday, May 28 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and again that same day from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Fort Douglas Post Theatre. Parking is available east of the theatre. The U of U’s blue shuttle, which leaves from shuttle stops throughout campus every fifteen minutes, will also go to the theatre.
Workshop topics will include a brief history of land planning on the University campus, the 2003 LRDP planning process, appropriate campus densities, open space and the natural environment, utility infrastructure, alternative modes of transportation, the future of the Golf Course as the University’s land bank, and the integration of University campus and Salt Lake Valley planning.
A newsletter, produced by the University of Utah’s Facilities Planning department, is available online at http://www.utah.edu/fyi/newsletter/LRDP051403.html. To request a hard copy, call 585-6751.