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   from the issue of September 22, 2005

Master plan ready for faculty, staff review


A summer spent incorporating opinions from visioning sessions and an online survey has moved the UNL master physical plan toward completion.

UNL faculty, staff and students will be offered three more input opportunities - including open house reviews on Sept. 28 and 29 - as the Office of Institutional Research and Planning prepares the plan for approval by the NU Board of Regents.

"We spent the summer sorting through data we gathered during the spring, finding themes in that information, translating that back to the plan and reflecting that on our maps," said Bill Nunez, director of Institutional Research and Planning. "The changes that people will see (during the open house sessions) will be considerable."

The UNL master plan concept open houses will be in the Nebraska Union on Sept. 28 and in the East Union on Sept. 29; rooms at both sites will be posted. Nunez said the sessions begin at noon and continue until 6 p.m.

"We will offer the opportunity for input on either plan (for each campus) at both open house sessions," Nunez said. "And we want to get as much feedback as possible so we extended the hours, making sure that we have time for those who can't make it during the regular work day."

NU Central Administration has directed all NU campuses to update campus physical plans, which lays out - in broad strokes - future land uses and suggests policies for developing a campus.

The UNL plan was last updated in 1998 and typically the university revisits the plan every seven to 10 years.

"Our job on this is not to identify specific building locations," Nunez said. "We take a macro look by providing the framework for future land use on campus."

Nunez said the incorporation of the Antelope Valley project is among the biggest changes to the plan.

The flood control project is expected to expand research and academic areas as land is removed from the flood plain. Also, feedback gathered last spring has aided in the identification of a future building site on the corner of 14th and Vine streets on city campus.

Proposed East Campus plan changes include new entrances and extending a green edge along the Holdrege and 33rd streets.

"We also cite some potential building locations not seen before, more green space and a new housing village (at 17th and R streets)," Nunez said. "You are just going to have to come and see it because we still have a lot of things to think about in this plan."

Along with information gathered at the open houses, Nunez said another online survey is being planned. He said the online survey offered last spring drew more than 2,000 responses.

Responses gathered at the open houses and the online survey will be incorporated into the plan, which will go for approval by the regents in January.

"The most important thing for us now is to hear voices and gather opinions," Nunez said.

For more information on the UNL master physical plan go online to or call 472-2097.



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