The Project consists of the proposed CSU, Chico Master Plan, including Project Design Features (PDFs) drawn from the Master Plan Guidelines. The EIR will analyze the environmental effects of the proposed Master Plan and PDFs at a program level. Implementation of the Project would provide space and facility needs to support
planned growth to 18,600 full-time-equivalent (FTE) students, with housing for potentially all first-time freshmen. Overall, the Project would include approximately 1.6 million gross square feet (GSF) of net new building space for academic, student life and support, student housing, shared uses, administration, service centers, student
recreation, athletics, and parking. Over the course of the plan horizon, approximately 21 existing campus buildings would be renovated, and 18 new buildings constructed. Additionally, outdoor athletics and recreation space is planned. The planning horizon for the Master Plan is the year 2030. However, buildout of the complete Master Plan is expected to take place beyond 2030. The 132-acre, main campus is generally bounded by the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way on the west; by West Sacramento, Legion, and Mansion Avenues on the north; by the Esplanade, Children's Park, Salem, and Normal Streets on the east; and by West Second and West Third Streets on the south. Outside of the main campus, CSU, Chico also consists of a 650-bed apartment complex (part of University Housing) approximately one and one-half miles to the northwest and an 800-acre farm approximately five miles to the south.