UMASS AMHERST campus planning
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The natural systems of the campus - the land, its features, and plantings - are fundamental context for its future design and development. Forexample, significant change in elevation is inherently part of the campus character and gives form and structure to its development. Preliminary observations about the natural opportunities and constraints of the campus suggest that due to soil conditions the perimeter of the campus is less than ideal for building sites. The campus open space is generally overpaved, underlandscaped, inconsistent, disconnected, and does not reflect the quality of the institution. Impressive view corridors to the mountains are a missed opportunity. New storm water management regulations will require the University to rethink how run off is collected and treated, which in turn may require a new philosophy for the campus landscape which advocates for native and drought tolerant plantings, and minimizes chemical use and maintenance.

This information will inform the planning process to create a Framework Plan that provides for the needs of the University's academic, research, and student life programs in a sustainable and responsible manner.

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