University Land Use Planning

University Land Use Planning is made up of a small team of experienced land use planners and analysts who work with OSU leadership, city and county public officials, community members, and other units within Capital Planning and Development to provide guidance regarding large scale land use at OSU, zoning and regulatory requirement compliance, permitting, and surveys and assessments regarding the intersection of people with OSU's built environment.

We focus on establishing a vibrant learning environment to support OSU's mission, goals and values. Our team of expert planners brings a professional perspective on planning, zoning and land-use regulatory consideration for effective community creation, revitalization, and accommodation for growth in a manner that balances the needs of the university with community, economic, social, and environmental concerns.  


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Campus Master Plan

Approved in 2004, the OSU Campus Master Plan (CMP) focuses on the 570 acres of land recognized as the main campus within the city limits of Corvallis, Oregon. This acreage is situated west of downtown Corvallis and bounded, generally, by 9th Street to the east, Monroe Street to the north, Western Boulevard to the south, and 35th Street to the west.

The CMP has three purposes:

  • Identify guiding principles and policies for the long-range planning of OSU that will direct the physical development (i.e., approximately three million gross square feet of new buildings and facilities) over the approximate 10- to 12-year planning horizon.
  • Establish a conceptual framework for the campus through program development, land use determinations, intensity of development, and parking and circulation initiatives.
  • Clarify and enhance the relationship and connectivity with the surrounding community.

The CMP was formulated to maintain and enhance the university’s fundamental mission, its roles in undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, and its public service. The growth proposed in the CMP is necessary to accommodate the projected growth in the number of people seeking higher education and to support educational and research initiatives. The CMP offers flexibility in meeting the challenge of providing a compelling learning environment, while setting standards that direct future growth, guide future design decisions, and conserve and enhance the open space of the campus. In balancing these various concerns, the university truly becomes a public amenity for all in the state of Oregon.

The CMP updates the 1986 OSU Physical Development Plan and aims to meet the needs for the intellectual, economic, technological, and social advancement of the campus and surrounding community. The CMP is based on the contributions of administrators, faculty, staff, students, and the Corvallis community. 


Existing 2004-2015 Campus Master Plan

Campus Master Plan Annual Monitoring Reports

Campus Planning Committee

The Campus Planning Committee (CPC) is an advisory committee that provides oversight for the physical development of the Oregon State University main campus.  The CPC reports to the Vice President for Finance and Administration and makes recommendations on issues related to campus development.  The committee meets quarterly and consists of fifteen (15) to twenty (20) voting members, broadly representing a variety of campus stakeholders, as well as one non-voting representative from the City of Corvallis and one non-voting representative from the surrounding community. Campus departments and positions included in membership are: Academic Affairs, ASOSU, Athletics, Campus Planning Manager, Director of Facilities Services, Faculty Senate President, Faculty Senate Past-President, Faculty Senate President-elect, Memorial Union, Equal Opportunity & Access, OSU Foundation, Recreational Sports, University Housing and Dining, and up to five (5) faculty/staff at-large members.

The CPC makes recommendations on a variety of development-related issues and concerns that include, but are not limited to:

  • Development of plans and policies that guide the physical development of campus (i.e. Campus Master Plan, Campus Sign Plan)
  • Review of proposed new campus buildings and facilities for compatibility with the existing development, consistency with adopted plans, and alignment with the OSU Capital Forecast
  • Review of proposals that make significant exterior modifications to existing buildings and facilities (such as additions and demolitions) for consistency with adopted plans and compatibility with existing development
  • Review of proposals that make significant modifications to the area surrounding buildings (such as changes to campus “green space”) for consistency with adopted plans and compatibility with existing development
  • Review of proposed exterior changes to the physical environment to maximize compatibility and conformance with OSU’s strategic direction and Campus Master Plan
  • Recommendations concerning amendments to planning documents that are determined necessary based on changing needs, changing conditions, or new information
  • Collaboration with Facilities Services to develop priorities for improvements to campus infrastructure and land use overlays
  • Study and proposal, in general,  of such measures regarding campus development as may be advisable for promotion of the public interest, health, safety, accessibility, comfort, convenience, and welfare
  • Advancement of cooperative and harmonious relationships with other planning bodies, including the City of Corvallis, as well as other appropriate public and semi-public agencies and officials, and civic and private organizations to encourage the coordination of public and private planning and development activities affecting the campus and its environs.


CPC Bylaws


CPC Meeting Minutes and Decisions

Campus Maps

OSU National Historic District Map

OSU National Historic District Map

References and Resources

The links below are intended to provide you with information associated with the OSU Campus Master Plan.

Campus Sign Plan

Campus Sign Plan

This policy sets forth the process by which OSU employees acting in their official capacity and OSU departments may seek and receive OSU approval to place Signage, including but not limited to monument signs, building signs, banners and posters, on OSU buildings and around campus.

Oregon State University requires an effective system of visual communication that projects a uniform institutional identity, while at the same time integrating well with the present and future campus environment.

The Campus Sign Plan describes a harmonious and aesthetically pleasing arrangement in the following three areas of design: Communication: What signs say, to whom, and for what purpose; how they say it; where the signs are located; and how well signs communicate.

  1. Communication: What signs say, to whom, and for what purpose; how they say it; where the signs are located; and how well signs communicate.
  2. Graphic Design: How typography, maps, diagrams, iconic and coded symbols, and colors are used to organize information, emphasize messages, and help to create an overall visual identity.
  3. Sign Design: How signs are fabricated and installed, their size and shape, how they are maintained and integrated within the OSU physical environment, and how they work within the scope as defined by the Land Development code for the City of Corvallis.

The Campus Sign Plan was formally adopted by the Campus Planning Committee on June 26, 2006. If you have questions regarding the sign plan, please email


Temporary Sign Requests

To request temporary signage, please complete and submit the appropriate Temporary Sign Request Form.

OSU National Historic District

OSU’s campus is renowned for its architectural harmony. This was a key goal of the 1909 Olmsted Brothers’ Plan and all subsequent Campus Plans. Per OSU’s Historic Preservation Plan (2010), “Olmsted had provided President William Jasper Kerr in 1909, a type-written sixty page report which described in detail the future development of the university’s campus. While the Olmsted firm did not provide any plans or drawings to accompany the report, a plan was drafted a year later in 1910 by landscape architecture professor Arthur Lee Peck. The drawing showed the creation of quadrangles and grouping of buildings. One important aspect of the plan was to develop architectural unity for the campus, which was primarily implemented by architect, John V. Bennes.” Buildings designed by Bennes between 1909 and 1925 and by A.D. Taylor between 1926 and 1944 basically implemented the Olmsted plan.

A significant portion of OSU’s campus was designated a National Historic District in 2008. As a result, all significant development within, and in some cases adjacent to the Historic District, is subject to a historic review process by the City of Corvallis. Development also remains subject to the standard regulations such as local planning and building code requirements and the requirements of OSU’s Campus Master Plan. 

OSU Historic Preservation Plan

The purpose of a preservation plan is to provide for the continued identification, evaluation, protection and enhancement of historic properties. Preservation of the built environment provides an opportunity to celebrate a diverse cultural heritage by focusing on its historic resources that include buildings, landmarks and landscapes, monuments, and archaeological sites. The goal of the Oregon State University Historic Preservation Plan (HPP) is the integration of preservation considerations and techniques in planning and development decisions in an effort to protect and preserve historic resources within the Historic District.

View OSU Historic Preservation Plan 


National Register of Historic Places Program: State Historic Preservation Officers (SHPO)

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.

View National Register of Historic Places

View Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) website

Forms & Resources

Outdoor Publication Dispenser Placement Request

Oregon State University requires approval to place portable outdoor dispensers for publications in designated locations on OSU’s Corvallis campus. To request approval for the authorized placement of dispensers, please complete and submit the form below. You will be notified of OSU’s decision regarding this request within 30 days.

By submitting this form the publisher or editor representing the publication agrees to the following standards and maintenance requirements:

  • Dispensers shall be no more than 80” tall by 58” wide by 42” deep.
  • Dispensers may include the name of the publication, however advertising is prohibited.
  • Dispensers shall be kept free of graffiti and in good working order and repair (e.g., doors able to close securely, no cracks, dents, broken glass, etc.)
  • Dispensers shall be placed on a level surface, kept in an upright position, and not obstruct pedestrian circulation along sidewalks.
  • Publications shall be kept in the dispenser to avoid litter.
  • No dispenser shall be chained to any OSU property, structures or trees without prior approval from OSU Capital Planning and Development.

In the event that any publication dispenser is found to be out of compliance with the maintenance and upkeep requirements, the publisher or editor responsible for the publication will be notified by OSU and given 30 days to comply. If compliance is not addressed within 30 days of notification, the dispensers will be removed and stored in a secure location within the Facilities Services shops area.

Name of publisher or editor requesting placement of portable bins or dispenser boxes
Name of person responsible for maintenance of the dispensers
Indicate the locations that are being requested for placement of a bin/dispenser. Note: Only one dispenser per publisher is allowed in each location.

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