Principles Sent to Chancellor for Final Approval
||Consultants suggest a “mixed-use”
approach along Ocean Road, on the western edge of the main campus,
to provide new housing for staff and faculty on top of a layer
of academic offices and retail outlets. This conceptualization
looks toward Isla Vista from above Campus Parking Structure
3, in bottom right.
principles promoting future faculty, staff, and student housing
on a sustainable, environmentally friendly basis were unanimously
sanctioned on Oct. 25 by the Campus Planning Committee. Chaired
by Assistant Chancellor Todd Lee, the CPC, UCSB’s primary mechanism
for coordinating development plans, sent the Campus Housing Study
to Chancellor Henry T. Yang for final approval.
The housing study is one of several major planning
documents that have been generated since 2003 to lay the basis of
the next Long Range Development Plan. Multiple public sessions,
guided by Pittsburgh-based consultants Urban Design Associates,
solicited opinions and feedback from staff, faculty, and students
about space use and buildings on the main campus and on nearby University
of California-owned land.
Driving the housing effort is growing pressure
to plan how to provide university housing for the staff and faculty
members who will be needed over the next 15 years to teach and support
an increased student population. This was recognized in the land
use principles of the housing study, which was jointly brought to
the CPC by Gene Lucas, executive vice chancellor; Donna Carpenter,
acting vice chancellor, administrative services; and Marc Fisher,
associate vice chancellor, campus design and facilities.
“The primary goal of this Campus Housing Study
(CHS) is to use campus properties effectively to assist in resolving
some of the University’s most pressing problems: the need for affordable
work-force housing for faculty and staff, and for expansion of the
stock of housing for students,” explained the document. It acknowledged
that booming regional real estate prices have made it “extremely
difficult for the University to recruit and retain high quality
faculty and staff” so long as employees alone bear the housing burden.
Among relevant principles that would guide future
housing policies were: Build affordable housing to recruit and retain
faculty and staff; build diverse housing types (including for-sale
single-family houses, condos, and townhouses, and for-rent apartments)
for faculty, staff, and students; incorporate principles of sustainability
so that new buildings will “meet or exceed LEED Silver Standards;”
build neighborhoods, not projects; preserve and celebrate the environment;
and minimize car dependency.
While policy has yet to be created to implement
many of these bold goals, the CHS does advance some equally bold
land use proposals. For example, four-and five-story buildings and
parking structures would be designed along Ocean Road, on the Isla
Vista’s eastern edge, “to maximize a valuable site,” said Marc Fisher.
Staff and faculty would be encouraged to live there.
Increased density would also allow a mix of uses
of the buildings. Renovating the older, two-story student residence
halls in the southeast sector of the campus as denser, mixed-use
structures is also contemplated.
“The term ‘mixed-use’ was used to cover projects
that would include housing combined with academic, or academic support,
and/or retail space,” said Fisher.
Over the 15-year scope of the housing study, some
degree of renovation and expansion would increase population densities
at Storke Family Housing and Santa Ynez Apartments on Storke Campus
and at West Campus Family Housing. Some mixed-use additions on the
Francisco Torres property are also under consideration.
Not mentioned in the CHS were the North Campus
faculty and Sierra Madre student housing developments, which will
eventually supply a total of 387 units, more than 60 percent of
which are reserved for faculty. The two projects north and east
of Ocean Meadows Golf Course await California Coastal Commission
approval before construction can begin.
Currently under construction are 315 units of graduate
student housing in the San Clemente complex along El Colegio Road.
Details can be found in the Sept.
19, 2005, issue of 93106.