Amendment to the University Community Plan and the Virginia Smith Trust Specific Plan Project

6 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Merced County
Document Title
Amendment to the University Community Plan and the Virginia Smith Trust Specific Plan Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Multiple Urban Use Development and Agriculture
Document Description
Merced County is proposing to update the 2004 University Community Plan (UCP) located in the eastern portion of Merced County, just south of the University of California (UC), Merced campus. The proposed plan update would remove a portion of the UCP area owned by UC Merced from the County’s UCP, expand the UCP area east to align with current land ownership, and update the land uses proposed within the 654-acre Virginia Smith Trust Specific Plan that would comprise the northern portion of the revised UCP. As the lead agency, Merced County will prepare a focused Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) for the UCP amendments and Virginia Smith Trust Specific Plan.

Contact Information

Steve Maxey
Agency Name
Merced County Community Development Department
Job Title
Deputy Director, Planning
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
Lake Road/Yosemite Avenue
Total Acres

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Education, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 10 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Department of General Services (DGS), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
Development Types
Residential (Amended UCP)(Units 9680, Acres 1170), Office (Amended UCP)(Sq. Ft. 415000, Acres 20, Employees 1), Commercial (Amended UCP)(Sq. Ft. 831150, Acres 49, Employees 1)
Local Actions
Community Plan, Specific Plan, Prezone, Annexation
Project Issues
Air Quality, Biological Resources, Energy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hydrology/Water Quality, Noise, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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