Campus Physical Planning Council
Chair: Stephen Schreiber
Minutes (Campus Physical Planning Committee 2006-2010)
Pedestrian-only Zones and Approved Delivery Routes
The Campus Physical Planning Council meets on the first Thursday of the month from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. in the Physical Plant, Room 243. For the remainder of the 2012-2013 academic year, the Council will meet on the following dates:
January 10 (second Thursday)* (This meeting has been cancelled.)
May 9* (This meeting has been cancelled.)
July 11 (second Thursday)
The Campus Physical Planning Council Mission:
The Campus Physical Planning Council advises the UMass Amherst administration on issues relating to the physical environment of the campus as they contribute to and affect the mission, goals and quality of academic life at the University. The CPPC serves as a forum for the communication and exchange of ideas and proposals regarding development on the campus and its impact on the campus community, the surrounding neighborhoods, and the towns of Amherst and Hadley.
The intent of the Council’s involvement is to carry out intelligent and representative reviews of proposed projects, and to offer timely and constructive comment and recommendations directly to the administrative group managing the projects as well as serving as an advisory body to the Provost, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, and Faculty Senate.
Scope of Council Reviews:
The CPPC reviews initiatives that will result in a physical alteration to the campus fabric. The types of projects that fall under the Council’s review include:
(a) Site selection for new buildings or other space development;
(b) Site development for buildings or landscape architectural projects such as plazas, open space areas, recreational areas, pedestrian zones, parking lots;
(c) General character, size, massing and materials of proposed new buildings or major renovations;
(d) Proposed alterations to historic elements of the campus;
(e) Plans for changes to the patterns of access and circulation systems on campus, and as these connect to town systems;
(f) Priorities for new buildings and structures;
(g) Issues regarding the campus master plan;
(h) Issues related to Frank A. Waugh Arboretum;
(i) Policies concerning the scheduling and utilization of University academic space, and
(j) Policies designed to improve campus services.
The CPPC reviews proposals to consider the general ‘fit’ between the project and a range of contextual conditions, including:
(a) The health and safety of students, employees, visitors and residents of the campus
(b) Potential impacts on movement, visual accessibility and environmental conditions in the surrounding context in which the project is proposed
(c) The degree to which the proposal incorporates sustainable practices in site and building development
(d) The aesthetic impact of the proposed development
(e) The impact of the proposed project on the campus master plan and future development considerations
(f) Use of campus for teaching and research
The Council reviews proposals in the preliminary phase of the site selection, planning and design process at the stage when suggestions and recommendations can still be incorporated. They receive information on the projects again at the completion of the design development stage.
(a) Facilities and Campus Services (F+CS) brings projects before the Council at the appropriate stages of planning and/or development.
(b) The Council will produce reports, in an advisory capacity, to the Provost, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance and Faculty Senate and through the faculty Council chair. The Council will vote on pertinent issues when necessary.
(c) F+CS provides staff support for the Council.
(d) The Council will meet monthly (generally, on the 1st Thursday of each month), 12 months per year.
Its membership shall be:
The following individuals will have voting membership on the Council:
(a) Nine Faculty Members, selected at large;
(b) One Faculty Member from the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, one from the Architecture+Design Program and one from the Professional Library Staff;
(c) One Member from the Massachusetts Society of professors, selected by the Massachusetts Society of Professors;
(d) The Director of the Arts Council or a designee, serving ex officio;
(e) The Director of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture or a designee, serving ex officio;
(f) The Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance or a designee, serving ex officio;
(g) The Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities and Campus Services or a designee, serving ex officio;
(h) The Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs or a designee, serving ex officio;
(i) The Executive Vice Chancellor for University Relations or a designee, serving ex officio;
(j) The Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement or a designee, serving ex officio;
(k) The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life or a designee, serving ex officio;
(l) The Director of Athletics or a designee, serving ex officio;
(m) The President of the Graduate Student Senate or a designee, serving ex officio;
(n) The President of the Student Government Association or a designee, serving ex officio;
(o) Two Graduate or Undergraduate Students appointed by the Chair of the Campus Physical Planning Council with concurrence by the Rules Committee;
The following individuals will have non-voting membership on the Council:
(p) The Director of the Physical Plant, serving ex officio;
(q) The Director of Facilities Planning, serving ex officio;
(r) The Director of Campus Planning, serving ex officio;
(s) The Director of Libraries, serving ex officio;
(t) The Director of Environmental Health and Safety, serving ex officio;
(u) The Director of Parking, serving ex officio;
(v) The Director of Transit, serving ex officio;
(w) One Representative from the Town of Hadley, serving ex officio;
(x) One Representative from the Town of Amherst, serving ex officio; and
(y) The Secretary of the Faculty Senate or a designee, serving ex officio.
The Council is chaired by a faculty member elected by the faculty members from among voting Council members.
From Chapter 5 Section 5 of the Faculty Senate Bylaws