Campus Physical Planning Council

Chair: Ray Mann (rkmann@umass.edu)

Membership

Minutes

Reports

The Campus Physical Planning Council will meet on the following dates during the 2019-2020 academic year:

Fall Semester
October 3
November 7
December 5

Spring Semester
February 6
March 5
April 2
May 6
June 4
July 2

All meetings will begin at 2:30 p.m. and take place in Physical Plant Room 243.

Charge:
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.

Evaluative Criteria:
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; and
(f) Use of campus for teaching and research.

Council Procedure:
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 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.

Membership
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 Librarian;
(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 Associate Chancellor and Chief Planning Officer, serving ex officio;
(g) The Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance or a designee, serving ex officio;
(h) The Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities and Campus Services or a designee, serving ex officio;
(i) The Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs or a designee, serving ex officio;
(j) The Executive Vice Chancellor for University Relations or a designee, serving ex officio;
(k) The Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement or a designee, serving ex officio;
(l) The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life or a designee, serving ex officio;
(m) The Director of Athletics or a designee, serving ex officio;
(n) The President of the Graduate Student Senate or a designee, serving ex officio;
(o) The President of the Student Government Association or a designee, serving ex officio; and
(p) 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;
(q) The Director of Design and Construction Management;
(r) The Director of Campus Planning;
(s) The Dean of Libraries;
(t) The Director of Environmental Health and Safety;
(u) The Director of Parking;
(v) The Director of Transit;
(w) One Representative from the Town of Hadley;
(x) One Representative from the Town of Amherst; and
(y) The Secretary of the Faculty Senate or a designee.

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.