Dear Neighbors,

As we look toward the future, we are extremely excited about the potential for developing treatments and cures for patients around the world as UCSF continues to be a leading center of innovation in health care and the biosciences.

As UCSF seeks to advance health worldwide, we are also mindful that our campuses exist as part of a larger community here in San Francisco.  We recognize our future is directly tied to those of our neighbors and surrounding communities and over the years we have made a significant commitment to be inclusive, flexible and receptive to the input of ideas from our fellow San Franciscans.

With your help, we will continue to shape the future of our shared vision, maintaining a world-class hospital and research enterprise in one of the most beautiful and diverse cities in the world.

Sam Hawgood, MBBS

LRDP Process and Community Participation

UCSF published a draft of its 2014 Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) in May 2014. The Draft LRDP was presented at two public community meetings at Mission Bay and Parnassus Heights in June. The publication of the Draft LRDP reflects the culmination of four years of planning, including extensive consultation both within UCSF and with UCSF’s neighbors. The 2014 LRDP was prepared under the guidance of UCSF’s LRDP Oversight Committee, convened by the Chancellor to provide recommendations regarding UCSF’s physical development. The membership of the LRDP Oversight Committee and its three subcommittees in the areas of instruction, research, and clinical facilities planning are shown in the following links.

In addition, UCSF worked in collaboration with the community through its Community Advisory Group (CAG), which was founded in 1992 to provide guidance on the 1996 LRDP and continues to serve as the backbone of the community process. Visit the CAG page for information about the CAG’s mission and meetings.

In preparing the Draft LRDP, UCSF explored in detail a variety of potential projects for each campus site, which were discussed at seven community workshops held at the Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay, Mount Zion and Mission Center neighborhoods beginning in the fall of 2012. Feedback received at those workshops is reflected in the Draft LRDP.

Click here for LRDP workshop meeting agendas and presentations.

A Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) on the LRDP was prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and published on August 15, 2014. See “2014 LRDP Environmental Impact Report” below for more information. 

UCSF will hold a public hearing on the Draft EIR for the 2014 LRDP on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Parnassus Heights Campus in the Millberry Union Conference Center at 500 Parnassus Avenue.  Click here for more information. The UCSF Parnassus Campus is accessible on MUNI 6, 43, 66, and the N-Judah.  If you drive, $1.75 validated parking is available in the UCSF public garage.

UCSF fully ascribes to the Americans with Disabilities Act.  If you have a need for accommodation, please email or call (415) 476-3206 with your suggested accommodation.

There is a 60-day public review period for the Draft EIR starting from August 15, 2014 to October 14, 2014 at 5 p.m. Following the 60-day public review period, the EIR and LRDP will be finalized and submitted to the Board of Regents of the University of California for their review and consideration. Upon adoption by the Regents, the 2014 LRDP will replace UCSF’s 1996 LRDP.

2014 LRDP

The 2014 Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) is a comprehensive physical land use plan intended to guide UCSF’s growth and other physical changes through the year 2035, applying specific strategies to achieve the academic, clinical, and research missions of the University.

The 2014 LRDP is guided by five objectives:

  • Respond to the City and community context;
  • Accommodate UCSF’s growth through 2035;
  • Ensure UCSF’s facilities are seismically safe;
  • Promote environmental sustainability; and
  • Minimize facility costs.

The LRDP estimates overall growth in UCSF’s square footage and population through 2035, and provides guidance for the siting of individual projects in the future.

The 2014 LRDP, if fully implemented over the next 20 years, would result in an additional 2.4 million gross square feet (gsf) in owned and leased buildings, for a total of 11.58 million gsf across all of UCSF’s sites. The LRDP proposes to accommodate most of this growth in new buildings at UCSF’s Mission Bay campus site, where there is undeveloped land available and infrastructure planned to support such growth. Additional space is in new buildings is proposed at UCSF’s Parnassus Heights, Mount Zion and Mission Center campus sites. LRDP proposals for the Parnassus Heights campus site also advance UCSF’s work toward compliance with the 3.55 million gsf space ceiling imposed by the Regents to limit growth there, as well as compliance with state seismic laws for inpatient facilities through the long-range plan to decommission Moffitt Hospital as an impatient facility and the construction of an addition to Long Hospital by 2030. During the horizon of the LRDP, UCSF is also considering reducing the number of its overall sites, both leased and owned, in an effort to improve operational efficiency, collaboration, and programmatic flexibility, and to reduce the cost of reinvestment.

Follow the links below to download the Draft 2014 LRDP, examine the five LRDP objectives, see a summary of the LRDP’s proposals, and view an interactive display of the LRDP’s highlights.

Draft 2014 LRDP LRDP Objectives LRDP Proposals LRDP Highlights

►Click Here to Comment on the Draft 2014 LRDP


 Top Ten Facts- 2014 UCSF LRDP


2014 LRDP Environmental Impact Report

The Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) on the LRDP was prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and published on August 15, 2014. Click here to review a copy of the Draft EIR. The Draft EIR provides a program-level analysis of the proposed 2014 LRDP, as well as project-level analysis for a number of specific 2014 LRDP development proposals where greater project detail was available.

UCSF will hold a public hearing on the Draft EIR for the 2014 LRDP on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Parnassus Heights Campus in the Millberry Union Conference Center at 500 Parnassus Avenue.  Click here for more information.

To provide written feedback on the EIR, please email UCSF Environmental Coordinator Diane Wong at or write to her at UCSF Campus Planning, Box 0286, San Francisco, CA  94143-0286.  Please include your full name and address in written correspondence.  Please note that all public comments made in writing or in oral testimony at the public hearing are part of the public record.  All comments must be submitted during the public review period from August 15, 2014 to October 14, 2014 at 5 p.m.

Following the 60-day public review period, the EIR and LRDP will be finalized and submitted to the Board of Regents of the University of California for their review and consideration. Upon adoption by the Regents, the 2014 LRDP will replace UCSF’s 1996 LRDP.

To obtain a paper or CD copy or to view reference materials, email UCSF Environmental Coordinator Diane Wong at or call (415) 502-5952. Copies of the Draft EIR will also be available for viewing at the UCSF Kalmanovitz Library at 530 Parnassus Avenue, the UCSF Mission Bay Library at 1675 Owens Street, and the following public library branches: San Francisco Main Branch, 100 Larkin Street; Mission Branch, 300 Bartlett Street; Mission Bay Branch, 960 4th Street; Park Branch, 1833 Page Street; Sunset Branch, 1305 18th Avenue; and the Western Addition Branch, 1550 Scott Street.

A scoping meeting for the Draft EIR was held on October 28, 2013, to hear community feedback on the Initial Study for the Draft EIR. Follow the links below to download the Initial Study and materials from the scoping meeting.

Current (1996) LRDP and Previous LRDPs

The Regents require each campus in the University of California system to evaluate its academic and physical plan for future development. This plan, a Long Range Development Plan (LRDP), guides physical development over the plan’s timeframe.

Current (1996) LRDP

UCSF’s current 1996 LRDP describes plans for UCSF’s physical facilities through the 2011-2012 academic year and involves two major components:

  • Reinvesting in existing sites, including carrying out necessary infrastructure, code and seismic improvements, and
  • Establishing a major new campus site to provide 2.65 million gross square feet of new space for biomedical research and associated support facilities.

In early 1997, Mission Bay was selected as the location of the major new campus site. Since the LRDP was adopted, the Regents have approved three major amendments to the LRDP to:

  • Allow for the development of housing at the Mission Bay campus site,
  • Articulate a new clinical configuration for UCSF involving major inpatient sites at Parnassus Heights and Mission Bay with a major outpatient hub at Mount Zion, and
  • Adopt Mission Bay Planning Principles to guide off-campus development in the vicinity of the Mission Bay site in response to community concerns about UCSF’s expansion there.

The foundation of the 1996 LRDP are its Goals and Objectives created jointly by UCSF, its Community Advisory Group, and the community at large, and adopted by the Regents as part of the LRDP.  These Goals and Objectives describe what the campus and the community are seeking to achieve through the LRDP. Each topic includes the specific goals and objectives, as well as related assumptions, planning principles, and evaluation criteria.

Below is a link to the original 1996 LRDP, as well as to relevant amendments and reports:

1996 Long Range Development Plan

For the current (1996) Long Range Development Plan (LRDP), UCSF conducted an extensive and inclusive public participation and outreach process to benefit from the views of individuals and groups in the San Francisco community. The multi-faceted program included the following:

Community Advisory Group (CAG)

Acting as the central component of the community involvement process, the CAG

  • Provided input into the Goals and Objectives, with a focus on how UCSF could carry out its activities in ways that would improve relationships with nearby neighborhoods and the community at large
  • Proposed criteria for selecting new campus sites and evaluating certain aspects of the LRDP’s plan for growth, including transportation, housing, and employment development

Members of the CAG from neighborhoods near the Parnassus Heights site met separately to discuss their concerns about future development at Parnassus Heights. That group helped prompt the adoption of the 1976 Regents’ Resolution limiting UCSF’s growth at Parnassus Heights. They developed a series of recommendations concerning UCSF’s activities at Parnassus Heights, which were presented to the full CAG for discussion and to the public for feedback. The group’s recommendations were then revised to incorporate additional community concerns and submitted to the Chancellor of UCSF for consideration.

Community Workshops

Community workshops were designed to disseminate information to the public and gatherfeedback about the LRDP from the community at large.

  • 15 workshops were held in 8 different neighborhood locations in San Francisco and nearby cities—in communities where UCSF already has a major presence, as well as in areas that UCSF had considered for a new site.
  • Input received at the workshops provided the basis for the CAG’s input into the Goals and Objectives.
  • In addition, UCSF staff made over 30 presentations on the LRDP to community organizations and block clubs and met with interested individuals upon request.

Previous LRDPs

UCSF’s LRDP completed in 1975 was legally challenged by neighbors surrounding the Parnassus Heights site due to concerns over the density of proposed development there, and ultimately resulted in the 1976 Regents Policy to limit development at Parnassus Heights to 3.55 million gross square feet, which is now often referred to as the Parnassus Heights “space ceiling.”

A second LRDP, completed in 1982, called for the dispersal of UCSF’s functions away from Parnassus Heights in order to comply with the space ceiling while still allowing growth needs to be met. Under the 1982 LRDP’s strategy of decentralization, UCSF purchased and leased a number of satellite facilities including Laurel Heights, the Mission Center building, and clinical facilities at Mount Zion. Inefficiencies resulting from the ensuing scattered operations led to the recommendation in the current LRDP to consolidate further growth at a single major new site, which was ultimately located at Mission Bay.

Background Reports

UCSF Strategic Plan
The UCSF Strategic Plan articulates the investments the University must make — in people, infrastructure, facilities, partnerships and working environment — to achieve its goals.
Download the Strategic Plan (PDF)


Physical Design Framework
The Physical Design Framework is a companion document to the LRDP which provides clear and consistent planning and design principles to guide the development of physical facilities at all UCSF sites. The Physical Design Framework will be updated as needed to be consistent with UCSF's next LRDP.
Download the Physical Design Framework (PDF)



Capital Financial Plan
The Capital Financial Plan is a 10-year plan that describes UCSF’s planned capital investments over the coming decade. The Capital Financial Plan is updated annually.
Download the Capital Financial Plan (PDF)


Mission Bay Phase 2 Planning Study
Since construction began in 1999, UCSF Mission Bay has bloomed into a vibrant campus with research buildings, a community center, a student housing complex, parking facilities and major landscaped open space areas. Additional land has been acquired to the south of the original campus where a 289-bed hospital complex featuring three separate hospitals is now under construction. The Mission Bay Phase 2 Planning Study examines options for how the remaining undeveloped blocks on the original campus site could be developed. The preferred option will be identified in UCSF’s next LRDP.
Download the Mission Bay Phase 2 Planning Study (PDF)


Economic Impact Report
UCSF is a major economic engine for San Francisco and the Bay Area. UCSF’s Economic Impact Report describes the direct and indirect economic growth generated by UCSF’s $3.3 billion enterprise, its 21,900 employees and the world-class research, patient care and education they support, which together generates a $6.2 billion impact on industry output in the Bay Area.
Download the Economic Impact Report (PDF)