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Cal Poly Removes Prime Ag Land from Development Consideration as Campus Master Plan Process Proceeds

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly has announced that it will no longer consider development of nearly 43 acres of prime agricultural land just west of its campus core, as the university proceeds with the two-year process of updating its campus master plan.

The land in question, much of which is classified Class 1 farmland, had to this point been listed in master plan documents among many possible sites for future development of university housing and other campus infrastructure.

The acreage is used now for lemons, grapevines, mandarin oranges, a deciduous orchard and silage for the university’s livestock. It is located along the western entrance to campus, west of Highway 1 and Mt. Bishop Road and just north and south of Highland Drive.

“This is the right decision to maintain the high level of our Learn by Doing agriculture education,” said Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong. “We have heard from our students, our faculty members, and our alumni and industry friends on this issue in recent weeks, and their voices have been unanimous: This land must be maintained for our ag programs.”

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Cal Poly is in the midst of a two-year process to update the plan that will determine physical needs and guide future development of the lands, circulation systems and facilities necessary to support the university’s Learn by Doing mission over the next two decades.

The university has held several workshops and public forums to solicit input from the campus and the surrounding community. In addition the university has formed six community and campus advisory groups. These committees, made up of a cross section of campus and community representatives, are providing thoughts, ideas and input related to policy direction.

For more information about Cal Poly’s master plan update, advisory committees, public meetings and other details, visit

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Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive public university located in San Luis Obispo, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California's Central Coast. It is a distinctive learning community offering academically focused students a hands-on educational experience that prepares them for today's scientific and technical world. For more details about Cal Poly, visit

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