Cal Poly Announces Updates to Master Plan Process

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has released an updated campus concept map and announced several key decisions as part of the ongoing process of updating its master plan, an initiative that the university began last fall.

The master plan details the locations, sizes and types of facilities and land uses needed to support the university’s Learn by Doing mission.

The information included in the concept map released today is based on extensive input from the campus and community on several initial conceptual plans first unveiled in April.

The new concept map presents refined ideas and concepts under consideration — but does not indicate a specific proposed master plan.

Among the changes to the updated map is the addition of potential sites for low-density faculty/staff/family/specialty housing, largely aimed at recruiting and retaining employees. Potential development of these sites is subject to detailed analysis and would occur in phases.

The university will continue to engage the campus and community to solicit feedback regarding the various ideas and concepts included in today’s refined plan. The new map can be found on the master plan website at:

“We are sharing the updated concept map and the decisions we’ve made to date so that we can keep the campus and community apprised of our progress,” said Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong. “The master plan process is critical to our future, and the input we’ve received has been tremendously valuable. We will continue to engage the campus and community in the process.”

Key Decisions
The master plan update released today includes newly announced decisions regarding several elements of the initial conceptual maps released in April and ideas discussed as part of the master plan process. These include:

Hotel and Conference Center
After carefully considering the concept of a hotel and conference center that was presented in the April conceptual maps, the university has decided not to pursue the development at this time. Cal Poly instead will focus on further evaluating the feasibility of a new tourism and hospitality academic program and curriculum.

Leaning Pine Arboretum
After considering the input of the campus and community, the university will not move the arboretum to another location on campus. Cal Poly instead will enhance the existing arboretum, including its accessibility. In addition, the greenhouses near the arboretum—which the Horticulture & Crop Science Department uses for Learn by Doing labs—will not be moved until new and improved greenhouses are first constructed.

Year-Round Academic Model
The university announced earlier this year that it was considering the possibility of a year-round academic model that would expand summer instruction. After further evaluation, the concept remains of interest. However, Cal Poly has made the decision to put the initiative on hold at this time, allowing university resources to be fully dedicated and focused on the master plan update, campus climate and diversity, and other important initiatives.

Prime Agricultural Lands
As was previously announced in June, the university has decided to remove from development consideration the prime agricultural land shown in previous conceptual maps as under study. These include the fields between Highway 1 and Brizzolara Creek and west of Mt. Bishop Road, which includes the plot commonly referred to as the “lemon grove.” These fields will remain agricultural lands. For a map of these lands, please visit:

The university encourages additional community engagement in this process and invites anyone who is interested to attend the open house forums being scheduled for this fall. Further details, including specific dates, will be announced in the coming weeks.