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Campus Master Plan

A campus master plan is a physical manifestation of a university's strategic plan. At its best, it is a road map for the future of a campus, and becomes a crucial tool in confirming that short-term projects are working in conjunction with long-term plans and goals.

Without it, each decision made about a campus' facilities - from new buildings to renovations to infrastructure improvements - is made in isolation, without a bigger vision in mind. And a good campus plan builds in flexibility, so that it can accommodate shifting academic priorities and economic conditions.


The university, together with an independent consultant, engaged in intensive study of future campus development – including academics and research, strategic partnerships, campus life, landscape, mobility, utilities and infrastructure, stormwater management, transportation planning, and locations outside Blacksburg– which supports the strategic vision of the Beyond Boundaries visioning process and timeline. 

Approximately 200 meetings and presentations were conducted by the Office of University Planning with the campus community, including multiple town halls, to share the developing vision for the Blacksburg campus and to receive feedback on the plans. Beyond Boundaries 2047: The Campus Plan was approved by the Board of Visitors on November 5, 2018. 


A new residential district was identified in the plan, known as the 21st Century Living-Learning District, to be located in a land bank in the northwest region of campus. The new district was planned to accommodate up to 2,800 new beds. Nearby, existing residential Oak Lane District also included capacity for modest growth.

Since that time, the university has further developed the land-use strategy for the new district, coupling that with an updated long-range plan to address aging facilities in the Oak Lane District. In March of 2023, the Board of Visitors adopted the new land-use strategy as an amendment to the master plan, known as the Student Life Village, which accommodates the campus master plan’s proposed increase in housing inventory and meets growing demand for affordable on-campus living-learning programs, in 3 distinct phases of development.

Please contact the Office of University Planning with any questions.