Campus Planning

Campus plans are broad, large-scale plans that put developments to UAlberta’s sites and facilities in line with the university’s strategic initiatives.

Long Range Development Plan (LRDP)

The LRDP is a framework that guides future planning for UAlberta’s five campuses over a 30-year period.


The LRDP responds to the Institutional Strategic Plan, which sets the university’s academic and research goals. The plan was approved by the university’s Board of Governors in June 2002 and is formally administered by UAlberta’s President.

Sector Plans

Using the LRDP as framework, sector plans provide the next level of detail when it comes to integrated campus planning. Sector plans:


  • Identify pathways, open spaces, nodes, circulation routes and districts

  • Outline which sites are available for development

  • Provide development guidelines including height, massing, site coverage, and the historic, physical, academic, social and cultural character of the sector

  • Provide pedestrian and bicycle system considerations

  • Identify land use compatibility, adjacency and transition issues

Campus Planning Principles

At UAlberta, campus planning and development are based on smart growth, healthy communities and sustainability pillars.


Smart Growth Principles


  • Maintain a healthy, sustainable campus

  • Realize operational, academic and social benefits to the university and surrounding communities

  • Develop stronger connections and communication with surrounding communities

  • Create lasting, meaningful and accessible spaces

  • Maintain barrier-free access and service availability to university facilities by creating a pedestrian-focused campus

  • Develop the campus in phases

Healthy Communities Principles

  • Continually improve sustainability and resource stewardship by balancing social, economic and environmental sustainability

  • Create an academic and residential environment that fosters new ideas and creates a unique sense of place

  • Promote Campus as a Living Lab opportunities

  • Develop strong relationships with neighbouring communities, sharing amenities and services

  • Support and advance the university in its goal to become one of the world’s top public educational institutions

  • Optimize budgetary resources and partnership funding

  • Develop a walkable campus and support various modes of transportation

Sustainability Pillars

  • Energy efficiency

  • Water and wastewater management

  • Water and stormwater management

  • Ecology and the environment

  • Transportation

  • Healthy and complete communities