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Phase 1: Understanding the Campus and Defining the Vision
This initial phase of the work establishes a foundation for the planning process. Working groups are established. Plans—strategic, physical and academic—are reviewed. And the physical conditions of the existing campus are assessed.

A vision statement that expresses the University's aspirations is created to guide the planning effort. It is determined through an interactive workshop involving the Steering Committee and representatives of the University's students, faculty and staff.

This phase of the work answers the questions: Where are we now? What do we want to be?

Phase 2: Campus Design Concepts
This phase of the work answers the question: What direction might we take for developing the campus?

This is the most creative phase of the master planning process in which the vision statement and the objectives outlined in the University's strategic plan are assessed relative to the analysis of the existing campus conditions.

Ideas for changing the campus—such as adding or removing buildings—are explored and tested. Different directions are developed and presented for the University to consider. This phase of the work ends when the University selects one design concept for refinement.

Phase 3: Refinement of Preferred Concept
This phase of the work involves a deeper investigation of the design concept selected by the University. It answers questions such as: What might the campus look like ten years from now? Which proposed changes should occur first? How much will the changes cost?

Principles, goals and guidelines for the master plan are also developed during this phase of the work, fleshing out the vision statement into a set of specific ideas and priorities to guide campus change. An example of a principle might be the extent to which open space defines the character of the campus and enhances its sense of community.

The preferred concept is fleshed out in a series of drawings and diagrams that show how proposed changes coincide with the stated principles, goals and guidelines.

Phase 4: Draft Master Plan Report
This phase consolidates all of the work into a draft master plan document.

Typically, a campus master plan report includes an executive summary, a description of the planning framework and process, extensive documentation of the physical plan and the ideas that shaped it, and recommendations for implementing the plan over time.

This phase of the work ends when the plan is presented and approved.

Phase 5: Final Master Plan Report
This phase involves careful review and approvals of the final report document as well as its final production and distribution.

Phase 6: Environmental Impact Report (EIR)
A campus master plan is subject to public regulations that require proposed large-scale changes to the physical environment to undergo an assessment of environmental impacts. The environmental impact report (EIR) for the campus plan will occur in tandem with the campus planning process, so that the findings in one process can inform the other.