UCSF has a highly ambitious twenty year plan in the works; one so ambitious that they’re still not completely sure what all they’ll be doing. As the Ex reports, the university and the UC regents are looking to both reduce its Inner Sunset footprint as well as allow for additional student housing in more structurally sound buildings. Those demolished buildings may make way for taller facilities, though there are varying height requirements depending on the neighborhood.

The university has been looking to reduce the size of its Inner Sunset campus for years as it’s currently 8% larger than UC regents limits set in 1976. A previous plan in 1996 to de-crowd the facility, located on Parnassus Avenue, never came to fruition, though a new facility did come from it in Mission Bay. Currently, the Inner Sunset campus stands at an imposing 3.55 million gross square feet. UCSF is also looking to widen sidewalks and improve the overall streetscape, including public spaces, and reduce traffic and loading issues.

Though currently at around 17,950 students, staff, and patients, it is estimated that 1,000 more people will join UCSF in one capacity or another by 2035. If all proposed facilities are converted to housing, 227 additional units would spring up ranging from studios to three-bedrooms and doubling the amount of available units, which currently stands at 238.

The expansive plan, which is set to be completed by 2035, still needs UC regents approval. Officials are also still looking for community feedback and still in the process of completing environmental impact reports. The project is expected to gain final approval by late 2014. Funding is also currently being explored along with additional, separate plans for the university’s Sutro Forest.

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