Master Plan

The Master Plan is the road map to the Cal Poly campus of the future. A two-year effort is underway to update the plan for the next 20 years of campus development. Because a project of this size and scope requires many contributors, we would like to introduce our team of professionals who will guide the process, as well as the six campus and community advisory committees tapped to provide input. Guidelines and Assumptions for the plan can be found here, as well as information about workshops and other opportunities for community involvement. We hope you will use these pages to become familiar with the Plan and stay posted as we move forward.

Public Review Draft Master Plan, November 2017

Public Review Draft Master Plan, Abridged, November 2017

2001 Master Plan

Master Plan Conceptual Maps

Further Refined Maps

Cal Poly has further refined its master plan land use, circulation and campus core maps, below, following campus and community discussion of the maps posted in September. These maps along with the master plan principles [link] will serve as the basis for the master plan text and inform the project description for the environmental impact assessment.


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Refined Land Use Concept Map (May 2016)

The map below represents Cal Poly’s latest thinking on its new master plan based on review and analysis of extensive feedback received during the spring and summer. The new conceptual map presents refined ideas and concepts under consideration — but does not indicate a specific proposed master plan. The university will continue to engage the campus and community to solicit feedback regarding the various ideas and concepts included in this refined plan. Please leave your feedback on our “Get Involved” page. For more information, please see the press release dated Sept. 3, the Fall 2015 Cal Poly Master Plan Update presentation, and the Land Use and Circulation Program, which provides a guide to the conceptual map, explaining changes made since May.


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  Conceptual Campus Core Maps


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Original Land Use Concept Maps (May 2015)

These maps represent several different land use and circulation concepts for laying out the future campus. They are simply concepts and ideas — we are not asking people to choose among them, because we want to know what are the best features of each. We welcome other ideas as well. Please leave your feedback on our “Get Involved” page. We will use the specific feedback as we create more detailed maps for the master plan over the summer, and everyone will get a chance to comment on those in the fall. For more information, view the Master Plan Update Presentation: May 4, 2015 and the Land Use and Circulation Program, which provides a guide to the conceptual maps.


During the summer of 2015, the Cal Poly master plan team is considering all of the input received to date on the conceptual plans. Revised master plan maps will be posted in early fall for future campus and community comment.

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Core Land Use Diagram


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Guidelines and Assumptions

The Master Plan Update will define the physical transformation of the Cal Poly campus over the next 20 years, reflecting our Learn-By-Doing and polytechnic culture, as well as our commitment to environmental and economic sustainability.

We begin with this presentation of certain major guidelines for the Master Plan Update and some key starting assumptions that will drive the planning effort. Our work here is focused on issues that are unique to this update and certain past policies that need review for relevance and desirability.

Key areas to be examined include enrollment, research, residential communities, campus instructional core, circulation and parking, events and conference facilities, open space, and more.

We also recognize that any major planning program is an ongoing process. As certain issues are explored more deeply, new information may require another look at certain assumptions or principles. We will maintain an ongoing dialog with our campus community and our neighbors to achieve the successful development of the Campus Master Plan Update.

Guidelines and Assumptions document

DRAFT Key Themes from Committees



Long-term planning has played a major role in Cal Poly history.

The architectural firm of Allison and Rible prepared the first formal Master Plan for Cal Poly in 1949, based on a projected enrollment of 4,080. In 1958 the California Department of Education dictated that all non-metropolitan state college campuses plan for an enrollment of 12,000 Full-Time Equivalent Students (FTES). This led to the next Master Plan, prepared by the architectural firm of Falk and Booth in 1962, and approved by the California State University Board of Trustees in May 1963. In 1970, the fourth revision to this Master Plan increased the enrollment capacity to 15,000 FTES.

By the late 1990s, many revisions had occurred piecemeal, so the University leadership commissioned a major master plan update. Directed by a professional team that included internal staff as well as RRM Design Group and Crawford Multari & Clark Associates, the Master Plan adopted in 2001 raised the enrollment capacity to 17,500 FTES.

With the opening of the Baker Center for Science and Mathematics in 2013, Cal Poly has completed most of the projects anticipated in the 2001 plan, and enrollment demand continues, so the University is undertaking a new master plan process.

Advisory Committees and Professional Team:

Master Plan Advisory Committees will provide input on specific issues related to the Master Plan update, developing recommendations to the Master Plan Professional Working Team, Council of Divisional Vice Presidents, and Campus Planning Committee. The Committees serve in an advisory capacity and cover topics developed from the current Master Plan including:

• Circulation and Transportation

• Recreation and Athletics

• Campus Life

• Academic/Instructional Space

• Sustainability and Natural Environment

• Campus Character

Please click here to see a list of committee members

Please click here to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of each committee.

Please click here to view DRAFT Key Themes from Committees.

Cal Poly Master Plan Professional Team:

• Linda Dalton, PhD, FAICP – Interim University Planning Officer

• Joel Neel – Director, Facilities Planning and Capital Projects

• Julie Moloney, AICP – Campus Planner

• Betsy Kinsley, JD – President’s Chief of Staff

• Chris Clark, JD – City and Regional Planning Department

• Chris Murphy – Executive Director of Communications

• Roberta Jorgensen, FAIA, LEED AP, Communitas Architects, Inc.

• Erik Justesen, ASLA, LEED AP, RRM Design Group

• David Cox, COO, Barnett Cox & Associates

• Mike Multari, Consulting Planner