Campus plans are unveiled for SOU

What will Southern Oregon University look like in 2020?

Ashland Planning Commissioners will get a first glimpse of plans for the university's future at their Tuesday night meeting at the Civic Center.

SOU officials will present an overview of the campus' master plan for the decade starting in 2010 at the 7 p.m. study session.

The university executives will discuss increasing student housing on campus, making Siskiyou Boulevard safer for pedestrians, improving the visibility of the campus and creating faculty housing in campus areas that border other neighborhoods, according to SERA, the architecture firm hired by SOU to develop the plans.

The plans are still in the preliminary stages, so the commission won't take any action on them at the meeting.

"At this point, several options have been discussed, and the campus leadership is forming a preferred option," said Eric Ridenour, an architect with SERA who is managing the project.

After the plans are finalized, the commission will hold a public hearing to discuss the project, and then it will recommend that the City Council either approve or reject the plans. If the council approves the plans, the city's land use ordinance will be amended to allow for the changes to the university.

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