When we plan at the University of Alberta, we strive to be responsive to academic and research goals; foster academic and research communities; promote smart growth and sustainability; be welcoming, attractive, memorable, accessible and safe; and accommodate mutually beneficial partnerships.
We do this using the following three planning tools:
Long Range Development Plan
- The Long Range Development Plan provides the overall planning framework for development over the next 30 years, guiding physical growth at the five campus sites of the U of A.
- It responds to the Comprehensive Institutional Plan, which sets the academic and research goals for the institution.
- It outlines high-level, strategic planning principles that are to be followed as development proceeds.
- It is not a building plan, but a road map that guides future planning.
If the Long Range Development Plan is amended, a consultation process would then be implemented in accordance with Appendix XVIII of the Long Range Development Plan.
- Using the Long Range Development Plan as the framework, sector plans provide the next level of detail of an integrated land use plan.
- Land use is further refined with the identification of pathways, open spaces, nodes, circulation routes and districts.
- Like the Long Range Development Plan, development zones represent where a building is to be located, not the actual building.
- Build-out concepts are developed to verify massing and that the planned growth/program can be accommodated within the prescribed guidelines.
At the conclusion of a successful business case, substantial development for a building project would begin. A substantial development consultation process would then be implemented for the project in accordance with Appendix XVIII of the Long Range Development Plan.
- A business case outlines the need for a new or repurposed building and is tied to the general space programs for the respective faculty or administrative unit.
- It provides the institution and government with strategic information such as strategic alignment, operational benefits, program risks and a cost-benefit analysis.
- It outlines the program that will be accommodated, the scale of the building, its budget, funding sources and respective lights-on funding requirements.
- It sets in motion the funding request to government.