MSU Board of Trustees approves next phase of 20/20 Vision Master Plan

Contact: Terry Denbow, Vice President for University Relations, (517) 355-2262,

Dec 07, 2001

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State University Board of Trustees today approved additional planning principles, campus master plan recommendations and modifications of the University's zoning ordinance related to its 20/20 Vision Master Plan.

That document provides guidelines to help the university accommodate additional growth in facilities, to conserve finite and valuable land resources, to extend the open space quality of the north campus, to balance vehicle traffic with pedestrians and to achieve growth in a manner that is environmentally sensitive.

The additional planning principles approved by the board address land use, facilities, the environment and open spaces, said William Latta, assistant director for facilities planning and space management in the Office of Planning and Budgets.

"The new principles are really an extension of those that were defined in March 2000," he said. "They are long-term planning goals that the university will aspire to meet in the physical development of the campus."

The campus master plan consists of a set of recommendations that provide a framework for the organization of campus facilities, vehicle and pedestrian circulation, parking and open space within districts.

"The plan defines a future desirable pattern for the physical campus, based on anticipated growth and improvements over the next 20 years," said Jeffrey Kacos, Campus Park and Planning director.

"One of the chief features of the plan is the preservation and extension of the park-like character of the north campus and Red Cedar River corridor into south campus," Kacos said.

The board also approved changes to the university's zoning ordinance, which sets standards for land use, the density of campus development, the dimensional limits of buildings and the protection of open space, including natural areas.

The revised ordinance creates campus "districts" to regulate the location of new buildings and to protect landscape areas and open space. It also restricts the height of new buildings in some districts and defines permitted uses within those districts.

"The planning principles, master plan recommendations and zoning changes approved today will help ensure that the campus maximizes its potential as a living-learning site that is both aesthetically beautiful and environmentally responsible," Latta said.