KSU Seeks Input On University Master Plan
Kansas State University is sponsoring a city-university public meeting
to discuss the development of K-State’s new master plan. The
meeting will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Manhattan City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Ave.
"This is not a final review of the plan. However, we’re at a stage where
broader public input will be invaluable to the plan’s development,"
said Gerald Carter, director of facilities planning and university architect.
"We’re trying to include as many voices, both on and off campus, as
we can on how the campus will be developed in the future. Individual
input is crucial," Carter said. "K-State’s current master plan dates back to the late 1960s — and much of it has been implemented.
"The new master plan will be a map of the university’s physical development
for the next 50 to 100 years. It will cover everything, from
projections for new academic, research and athletic facilities to parking and transportation needs."
The new plan will cover all university-owned property in Manhattan and
the immediately adjacent Riley County area. University-owned
property outside of the Manhattan area, including K-State at Salina, will be addressed separately.
Open campus forums are also planned April 18 to seek additional input
from students, faculty and staff. The open forums will be 9 to 11:30
a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m., both in the Room "S" at the K-State Student Union. In addition, master plan display boards will be available
throughout the day. The display boards, to be across from the food court on the main floor of the Union, provide an opportunity to express
opinions about the master plan.
Creation of the new master plan is under the charge of the Campus Development
Committee. HTNB, a consulting firm, was hired last year to
help with the plan’s development and to refine planning principals, policies and guidelines, as well as to assist with the development of
long-term goals for the campus.
Several subcommittees and focus groups, representing a broad segment
of the campus community, have been working on the plan’s
development, as well.
"Public reviews of the master plan also will be scheduled in the fall,
Carter said. "The plan is expected to be complete in 12 to 18 months."