The Campus Plan

The University of Oregon's campus planning policies 

campus plan cover image 2022

and procedures are laid out in the Campus Plan 2022, its amendments, and other associated documents. The fundamental premise of our plan, established by the 1975 book The Oregon Experiment, is that we make planning decisions by following a process rather than an established image of the campus. A well-articulated set of principles, within which decisions are made, is essential to the success of the campus plan. This approach allows us the flexibility to develop the campus in a number of different ways without destroying the essential features that make it campus, namely its open spaces.

The Campus Plan itself is a framework of patterns and principles defining the qualities inherent to a functional, beautiful campus and sets forth how those qualities will be preserved and expanded with new construction. It is an internal document describing development consistent with the city of Eugene land-use zones in which the campus resides. Development consistent with the Campus Plan does not require review by the city for land-use zone consistency. The Campus Plan includes provisions that go well beyond what is typical for meaningful input from students, faculty, staff, and other affected individuals. It ensures the preservation of the instructional core and the preservation and expansion of the network of interconnected open spaces that originated from Ellis Lawrence's early 20th-century planning efforts. In addition, long-standing, innovative transportation principles have created a pedestrian- and bike-friendly campus.

Click on the image below for an interesting visual representation of the campus open space development over time.

Summary of Campus Planning Documents

Campus Plan

Twelve policies that apply to all campus construction projects.

Campus Plan 2022: Click to download the full document, or download the desired chapters individually.

Campus Plan - Full Document


There are no current amendments at this time.

Additional Information

For more information about campus planning policies and procedures, contact:

Liz Thorstenson

Planning Associate