The University Planner’s Office is soliciting feedback on a draft vision statement, which will be used to direct a North Campus master planning process:
Dear students who attend classes and/or live on North Campus:
The Planning Advisory Committee of the university is undertaking a master planning study of the North Campus, with the first step being the development of a vision statement for the North Campus, which will identify key concepts and areas for study, as well as planning principles to guide future development. The committee is interested in receiving input on the vision from as many stakeholders as possible. You, as a student who takes classes and/or lives on North Campus, are a key constituent. We hope you will take a few minutes to consider the draft vision statement and e-mail us your comments and input on land use (types of academic facilities and services), transportation, parking, or open spaces, per the proposed draft below.
Draft Vision Statement
North Campus is envisioned as an increasingly dynamic and vibrant hub of creativity and activity which houses a variety of academic and research uses. It is an integral part of the University in Ann Arbor. In order to improve and increase the sense of community, it is important to maintain and increase the lively and diverse mix of uses – research, academic/instruction, housing, recreation, and additional amenities such as cultural venues and retail services. Facilities and activities aligned with the academic mission will draw more students, faculty, staff, and the community to North Campus, thereby increasing the density and diversity in uses and destinations.
Physical linkages between campuses must be improved, including an enhanced transportation system, with buses, biking, walking, and possibly other types of transit. Parking should become more conveniently located, and some of it needs to be accommodated in structures to reduce surface parking. In order to best utilize the remaining land resources, the campus core must be more compact and walkable, with a diverse mix of destinations. Any disposition of land should be approached with extreme caution, with an eye toward reserving appropriate sites for future unknown institutional needs and aspirations.
Environmental stewardship through the preservation and management of natural resources, open spaces, and woodlands, will help maintain and sharpen the distinctive image and unique qualities of North Campus.
Please comment on this statement or other issues and opportunities you see or ideas you have concerning North Campus.
The Planning Advisory Committee