An SOU for 2020? Here's a look

    Ashland's Planning Commission gets its first look tonight at how Southern Oregon University might look in 2020.

    The 7 p.m. study session is at the Ashland Civic Center, 1175 E. Main St. It's open to the public.

    SOU officials will present an overview of the campus master plan for the decade starting in 2010.

    The university executives will discuss increasing student housing on campus, making Siskiyou Boulevard safer for pedestrians, improving the visibility of the campus and creating faculty housing in campus areas that border other neighborhoods, according to SERA, the architecture firm hired by SOU to develop the plans.

    The plans are still in the preliminary stages, so the commission won't take any action on them at the meeting.

    After the plans are finalized, the commission will hold a public hearing to discuss the project, and then it will recommend that the City Council either approve or reject the plans. If the council approves the plans, the city's land use ordinance will be amended to allow for the changes to the university.

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