The UMass Amherst Campus Master Plan 2012 provides a framework for capacity development for the campus going forward to 2020 and beyond to 2050. The plan establishes a shared vision for future development that features new open spaces; transportation and pedestrian safety; parking decks built on the edge of campus; new bike-ways; new circulation systems including pathways with striking views of the Pioneer Valley; improvements to utilities; and a strategy for reuse of historic buildings. Campus Planning held more than 90 events in 2010 - 2012 with key stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, host communities and regional representatives – an outreach and engagement approach that was complemented by web-based surveys and applications to encourage participation.
To meet the university’s current academic and research mission, the plan locates more than 1 million gross square feet of facilities over the next decade. In an effort to position the university for an unknown future, the plan also illustrates approximately 7 million additional gross square feet, creating a compact, environmentally sensitive and efficient campus. The plan adopts an approach that mixes traditional land uses around a core of facilities adjacent to the campus lawns and pond. This new pattern will encourage a creative environment that will support collaboration, co-curricular learning and research, and will help create a vibrant environment all day and throughout the year. The more "compact/urban environment" in the campus core will also support the campus’s sustainability agenda by promoting shared resources, walking and the careful use of land.