California State University, Chico Proposed Master Plan

5 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
California State University, Chico
Document Title
California State University, Chico Proposed Master Plan
Document Type
EIR - Draft EIR
Present Land Use
The main campus is designated as Public Facilities & Services (PFS) in the City’s General Plan and zoned as Public/Quasi Public Facilities (PQ) in the City’s Zoning Ordinance. The University Farm is designated for Agriculture in the Butte County General Plan Land Use Element and zoned as Agriculture – 40 in the Butte County Zoning Ordinance. University Village is designated as Medium-High Density Residential in the Chico General Plan and zoned R3. Note that Government Code sections 53090 and 53091, which require that local agencies comply with zoning and building ordinances, do not apply to the CSU. Accordingly, as a component of the CSU, the CSU, Chico campus is not subject to municipal regulation of uses on property owned or controlled by CSU, Chico in furtherance of the University’s education purposes.
Document Description
The proposed Master Plan is a long-range planning document intended to guide future development of the campus to accommodate increased enrollment of up to 18,600 full-time equivalent students (FTES) at buildout. To accommodate this enrollment growth, the proposed Master Plan provides for an anticipated increase in demand for academic facilities, student residential housing, recreation and athletics facilities, and other support facilities and services on campus through 2030. Implementation of the proposed Master Plan would include approximately 531,536 GSF of new academic facilities and approximately 156,000 GSF of student support space. Master Plan implementation would demolish approximately 447,538 GSF of existing facilities and construct approximately 921,932 net new GSF, for a campuswide square footage total of approximately 3,645,314 GSF at buildout.1 Net student beds would increase by 1,461 and net parking would increase by 310 spaces. Master Plan buildout is anticipated to take approximately 10 years following approval.

Contact Information

Jenna Wright
Agency Name
The Board of Trustees of the California State University
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
The Board of Trustees of the California State University
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Cross Streets
See Other Information below
Total Acres
State Highways
32, 99
Chico High School
Big Chico Creek
Other Information
Cross Streets: West Sacramento, Legion, and Mansion Avenues to the north; Esplanade, Salem, and Normal Streets to the East, West Second and West Third Streets to the south

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, North Central Region 2 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Redding Region 5 (RWQCB), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Department of General Services (DGS), Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, Department of Toxic Substances Control, California Department of Transportation, District 3 (DOT)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
Department of Toxic Substances Control, California Department of Transportation, District 3 (DOT)
Development Types
Educational (University Campus and off-campus facilities)
Local Actions
Master Plan
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Septic System, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Other


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