Vision 2020 Facilities Master Plan Project Approved
Coast Community College District Board of Trustees
Approves Orange Coast College
Vision 2020 Facilities Master Plan Project
Costa Mesa, Calif. – On Monday, November 2, the Coast Community College District (CCCD) Board of Trustees held a public hearing to consider information about a proposal to adopt Resolution #15-31, which certifies the final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and approves the Orange Coast College (OCC) Vision 2020 Facilities Master Plan.
The two-hour hearing entailed a presentation from district staff and testimonies from a room full of students, faculty and local community members. This public hearing signified the completion of a series of community forums held over two years to gather feedback from the public.
Taking all remarks into account, the CCCD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to adopt Resolution #15-31 with an amendment to require that a clarification to the master plan map be made so that it is consistent with the EIR project. (See revised map attached).
The unanimous vote provides the green light needed to begin the construction process on new buildings and developments on OCC’s campus, including the recycling center and the planetarium, slated to break ground in spring 2015.
“These are exciting times for everyone connected with OCC. We will be able to offer our students and the community, technologically advanced facilities, including a planetarium,” noted Board President Lorraine Prinsky, “There has been broad dialogue with all community stakeholders leading to the Board approval of a balanced plan that will meet the academic needs of our students as well as community and preservation interests.” She continued, “We thank our local community for supporting Measure M and our colleges.”
The new developments are scheduled to take place over the course of ten years. The project is funded largely through Measure M funds, a bond measure passed by local voters in 2012. As CCCD and OCC continue to adjust to meet the growing needs of its student population, a commitment has been made by the Board of Trustees to keep the community voice at the forefront.