The Los Angeles Department of City Planning will host a public meeting pertaining to the Loyola Marymount University (LMU) master plan on the university campus at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 11th.
University officials announced in March their intent to embark on an ambitious 20-year plan to refurbish campus facilities in order to make them compatible with a higher institute of learning for the 21st century. They hope to create a blueprint for educational, residential and recreational uses for the next two decades.
This will be the first of several public hearings, called scoping meetings, Los Angeles officials will be conducting. Under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the lead agency, which is the Department of City Planning, is required to hold meetings where the public is allowed to make written or verbal comments opposing or in favor of a project.
Several Westchester residents have voiced concerns about LMU’s master plan and a group of neighbors have formed a group opposing what they believe is the university’s attempt to expand the campus.
Kathleen Flanagan, LMU vice president of communications and government relations, says the university plans only to modernize its facilities, and in an interview with The Argonaut in March, she sought to assuage any anxiety that some residents might have regarding the master plan.
“We are not looking to increase the number of students on campus,” Flanagan said. “In addition, we will not be expanding the boundaries of our property.”
Prior to the scoping meeting, the university will hold an open house in University Hall, 1 LMU Drive at 4 p.m.