Towson University’s campus master plan is updated on a five-year cycle, both as a matter of good practice and a requirement of the University System of Maryland. The master plan update confirms that the overall framework and long-term vision of the master plan still meet the university’s current and projected enrollment and program growth initiatives. The update also documents any institutional changes that occurred following the master plan, such as the completion of new building, landscape and infrastructure projects.
The university began updating its 2003 campus master plan in late 2008, and the final master plan update was approved by the Board of Public Works in October 2009. The phased update process was a collaborative and participatory effort that included 30 outreach meetings and open forums attended by approximately 350 campus and community constituents. We would like to thank every student, faculty, staff and community member who offered their feedback to help shape the updated plan.
As indicated in the schedule below, the master plan update was developed in three phases. The first phase, known as the observations phase, included the collection of data and the assembly of extensive outreach meetings to gather input from external and internal campus constituents. The second phase involved the review and documentation of the recommendations from the 2003 master plan that had already been implemented. Based on this review and the input and data collected in the observations phase, recommended updates to the master plan were developed and presented to individuals on and off campus for feedback. In the final phase of the process, that feedback was incorporated into a draft of the final master plan update which was presented for approval to the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Upon approval, the final master plan update was published in October 2009.
Phase 1: Observations
October - December 2008
Initial space utilization assessment
Kick off meeting with steering committee
Internal focus group interviews
External focus group interviews
Board of Visitors focus group
Update steering committee
Post summary of phase one input on university website
Phase 2: Draft Plan
Develop draft update plan based on internal and external input
Review draft plan in open forums with interested parties
Post summary of phase 2 on university website
Phase 3: Final Plan
Incorporate constituent feedback into final plan update
Board of Regents presentation
Incorporate BOR feedback into final plan update document and publish