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Long Range Development Plan
Draft Environmental Impact Report

Public Draft, August 2001

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This page was last updated on August 24, 2004

Volume 1
Download Full Volume 1 Document (202.6 MB)
Cover (1.1 MB)
Table of Contents (125 K)
Summary (276 K)
ES.1 Project Description
ES.2 Project Objectives
ES.3 Draft EIR
ES.4 Impact Summary
ES.5 Alternatives to the Proposed LRDP
ES.6 Known Areas of Controversy
1. Introduction (64 K)
1.1 Purpose of the EIR
1.2 Overview of the UC Merced LRDP
1.3 Project Background
1.4 EIR Review Process
1.5 Uses of the LRDP EIR
1.6 Levels of Significance
1.7 Organization of the EIR
2. Project Description (24.9 MB)
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Project Location
2.3 Project Objectives
2.4 Academic Program
2.5 Campus Population
2.6 LRDP Elements
2.6.1 Main Campus
2.6.2 Campus Land Reserve
2.6.3 Campus Natural Reserve
2.7 Public Services
2.7.1 Fire Protection
2.7.2 Police Services
2.7.3 Child Care Facilities
2.8 Utilities
2.8.1 Potable Water/Fire Water
2.8.2 Irrigation Water
2.8.3 Storm Water
2.8.4 Wastewater
2.8.5 Solid Waste
2.8.6 Hazardous Waste
2.8.7 Telecommunications
2.8.8 Electricity
2.8.9 Natural Gas
2.8.10 Heating and Cooling Systems
2.8.11 Utility Tunnel
2.8.12 Physical Plant Support Facilities
2.9 Conceptual Site Development Plan
2.10 Campus Planning Considerations
2.11 Distributed Learning Centers
2.12 Potential Campus Growth Scenarios and Other Contingencies
2.13 Related Projects
2.13.1 University Community
2.13.2 Campus Parkway
2.13.3 Environmental Analysis of Combined Projects
2.14 Project as Evaluated in the Site Selection EIR
3.

Demographic Characteristics (66 K)

3.1 Population
3.1.1 Existing and Projected Population in the County
3.1.2 Project-Related Population Changes
3.2 Employment
3.2.1 Existing and Projected Employment in the County
3.2.2 Project-Related Employment Changes
3.3 Demographic Assumptions Used in Impact Analyses
3.3.1 Scenario Analyzed in Sections 4.11, 4.12, and 4.15 of the EIR
3.3.2 Scenario Analyzed in Sections 4.3, 4.10, and 4.14 of the EIR
4. Environmental Setting, Impacts, and Mitigation (20 K)
4.1 Aesthetics (11.3 MB)
4.1.1 Summary of Site Selection EIR Impacts and Mitigation Measures
4.1.2 Environmental Setting
4.1.3 Impacts and Mitigation
4.2 Agricultural Resources (7.4 MB)
4.2.1 Summary of Site Selection EIR Impacts and Mitigation Measures
4.2.2 Environmental Setting
4.2.3 Impacts and Mitigation
4.3 Air Quality (171 K)
4.3.1 Summary of Site Selection EIR Impacts and Mitigation Measures
4.3.2 Environmental Setting
4.3.3 Impacts and Mitigation
4.4 Biology Resources (81.8 MB)
4.4.1 Summary of Site Selection EIR Impacts and Mitigation Measures
4.4.2 Environmental Setting
4.4.3 Impacts and Mitigation
4.4.4 Compliance with Regulatory Process
4.5 Cultural Resources (114 K)
4.5.1 Summary of Site Selection EIR Impacts and Mitigation Measures
4.5.2 Environmental Setting
4.5.3 Impacts and Mitigation
4.6 Geology, Soils, Seismicity, and Mineral Resources (10 MB)
4.6.1 Summary of Site Selection EIR Impacts and Mitigation Measures
4.6.2 Environmental Setting
4.6.3 Impacts and Mitigation
4.7 Hazards and Hazardous Material (110 K)
4.7.1 Summary of Site Selection EIR Impacts and Mitigation Measures
4.7.2 Environmental Setting
4.7.3 Impacts and Mitigation Measures
4.8 Hydrology and Water Quality (511 K)
4.8.1 Summary of Site Selection EIR Impacts and Mitigation Measures
4.8.2 Environmental Setting
4.8.3 Impacts and Mitigation
4.8.4 Compliance with the Basin Plan
4.9 Land Use and Planning (2.1 MB)
4.9.1 Summary of Site Selection EIR Impacts and Mitigation Measures
4.9.2 Environmental Setting
4.9.3 Impacts and Mitigation
4.10 Noise (574 K)
4.10.1 Summary of Site Selection EIR Impacts and Mitigation Measures
4.10.2 Environmental Setting
4.10.3 Impacts and Mitigation
4.11 Population, Employment, and Housing (43 K)
4.11.1 Summary of Site Selection EIR Impacts and Mitigation Measures
4.11.2 Environmental Setting
4.11.3 Existing and Projected Housing in the County
4.11.4 Impacts and Mitigation
4.12 Public Services (87 K)
4.12.1 Summary of Site Selection EIR Impacts and Mitigation Measures
4.12.2 Environmental Setting
4.12.3 Impacts and Mitigation
4.13

Recreation (63 K)

4.13.1 Summary of Site Selection EIR Impacts and Mitigation Measures
4.13.2 Environmental Setting
4.13.3 Impacts and Mitigation Measures
4.14 Traffic, Circulation, and Parking (519 K)
4.14.1 Summary of Site Selection EIR Impacts and Mitigation Measures
4.14.2 Environmental Setting
4.14.3 Impacts and Mitigation Measures
4.15 Utilities (99 K)
4.15.1 Summary of Site Selection EIR Impacts and Mitigation Measures
4.15.2 Environmental Setting
4.15.3 Impacts and Mitigation
5. Alternatives to the Proposed Project (62.3 MB)
5.1 On-Site Alternatives
5.1.1 Alternative Main Campus Sizes
5.1.2 Alternative Locations on the Virginia Smith Trust Site
5.2 Off-Site Alternatives
5.2.1 Alternative Sites in Merced County
5.2.2 Sites Previously Evaluated in the Site Selection EIR
5.3 No-Project Alternative
5.4 Environmentally Superior Alternative
6. Growth Inducing Impacts (50 K)
6.1 Near-Term Growth Impacts
6.1.1 Campus-Related Direct Jobs
6.1.2 Campus-Related Indirect and Induced Jobs
6.1.3 Near-Term Population Growth
6.1.4 Geographical Pattern of Near-Term Growth
6.2 Far-Term Growth Impacts
6.2.1 Campus-Related Direct Jobs
6.2.2 Campus-Related Indirect and Induced Jobs
6.2.3 Other Campus-Related Induced Jobs
6.2.4 Far-Term Population Growth
6.2.5 Geographic Pattern of Far-Term Growth
6.2.6 Environmental Effects From Growth in Business/Urban Services
6.3 Growth Triggered by the Provision of Infrastructure
6.4 Impacts and Mitigation
6.4.1 Standards of Significance
6.4.2 Project Impacts and Mitigation
7. Other CEQA Considerations (28 K)
7.1 Significant and Unavoidable Environmental Impacts
7.2 Significant Irreversible Changes
7.2.1 Irretrievable Commitment of Construction Materials
7.2.2 Loss of Agricultural and Biological Resources
7.2.3 Increased Use of Natural Resources Because of Increased Population
8. Consultation and Coordination (16 K)
9. List of Preparers and Contributors (111 K)

Volume 2
Download Full Volume 2 Document (94.9 MB)
Cover (1.2 MB)
Table of Contents (108 K)
Executive Summary (58 K)
1. Introduction (25 K)
1.1 Purpose of the Phase 1 Impact Analysis
1.2 Overview of the UC Merced Phase 1 Campus
1.3 Phase 1 Impact Analysis Review Process/Relationship to the LRDP and Volume 1 of the LRDP EIR
1.4 Organization of the Phase 1 Impact Analysis
2. Project Description (17.8 MB)
2.1 Phase 1 Campus Location
2.2 Phase 1 Project Need and Objectives
2.3 Academic Program
2.4 Campus Population
2.5 Phase 1 Campus Land Uses
2.6 Phase 1 Campus Facilities
2.6.1 Science and Engineering Building
2.6.2 Classroom and Office Building
2.6.3 Library/Information Technology Center
2.6.4 Student Housing—2004
2.6.5 Logistical/Support Services Facilities Building
2.6.6 Social Science and Management Building
2.6.7 Second Science and Engineering Building
2.6.8 Student Housing—2008
2.6.9 Access, Roadway, and Parking Improvements
2.6.10 Athletics and Recreation Facilities
2.6.11 Public Services
2.6.12 Utilities
2.7 Construction
2.8 Permits and Approvals
3. Environmental Setting, Impacts, and Mitigation (28.7 MB)
3.1 Impacts Adequately Analyzed in Volume 1
3.2 Aesthetics
3.2.1 Environmental Setting
3.2.2 Impacts and Mitigation Measures
3.3 Air Quality
3.3.1 Environmental Setting
3.3.2 Impacts and Mitigation Measures
3.4 Biology Resources
3.4.1 Environmental Setting
3.4.2 Impacts and Mitigation
3.5 Cultural Resources
3.5.1 Environmental Setting
3.5.2 Impacts and Mitigation
3.6 Geology, Seismicity, and Soils
3.6.1 Environmental Setting
3.6.2 Impacts and Mitigation Measures
3.7 Hazards and Hazardous Material
3.7.1 Environmental Setting
3.7.2 Impacts and Mitigation Measures
3.8 Noise
3.8.1 Environmental Setting
3.8.2 Impacts and Mitigation
3.8.3 Project Impacts and Mitigation
3.9 Recreation
3.9.1 Environmental Setting
3.9.2 Impacts and Mitigation Measures
3.10 Traffic, Circulation, and Parking
3.10.1 Environmental Setting
3.10.2 Impacts and Mitigation Measures
4. Alternatives (54 K)
4.1 Summary of Volume 1 Alternatives
4.1.1 On-Site Alternatives
4.1.2 Off-Site Alternatives
4.2 Alternative Phase 1 Campus Locations on Main Campus
4.3 Alternative Phase 1 Campus Sizes
4.3.1 Smaller Phase 1 Campus/Increased Density Alternative
4.3.2 Smaller Phase 1 Campus/Fewer On-Site Programs Alternative
4.4 Phase 1 Campus No Project Alternative
4.5 Environmentally Superior Alternative
5. Other CEQA Considerations (31 K)
5.1 Significant and Unavoidable Environmental Impacts
5.2 Significant Irreversible Changes
5.2.1 Irretrievable Commitment of Construction Materials
5.2.2 Loss of Agricultural, Biological, Geological, and Cultural Resources
5.2.3 Increased Use of Natural Resources Due to Increased Population
5.3 Growth Inducing Impacts
Appendices
A Notice of Preparation (NOP) and Comments Received on the NOP (30.3 MB)
B Air Quality Model Runs (4.4 MB)
C Additional Biological Resources Information* (12 MB)


*In the figures and tables for Appendix C (Additional Biological Resources Information) of the UC Merced LRDP EIR, the following editorial corrections should be noted:

  • Figure 4 was eliminated, though the reference to Figure 4 in the text remains
  • Figure 7 represents both Figures 7 and 8 from the text (this figure was mistakenly assigned two numbers)
  • Figure 10 represents both Figures 10 and 11 from the text (this figure was also mistakenly assigned two numbers

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