NVC Campus Housing FAQs
- What is the "Campus Housing Project"?
- What is the status of the Main Campus Master Plan's Land Use Development Plan with regard to housing?
- What are the primary goals of this project?
- What are the secondary goals of this project?
- How does this project support Student Success?
- What else may be included in the project?
- Where might housing be located on the main campus?
- How will Napa Valley Community College District pay for the project?
- What is the timeline for the project?
- What services and/or amenities will be provided in new College Housing? What will the enclave housing look like?
- What are next steps for the project?
- How do I get involved?
1. What is the "Campus Housing Project"?
The Main Campus Master Plan, a policy and land use plan, that includes next steps endorsed by the Board of Trustees, identifies several areas of campus that may be suitable for development of student and employee housing – "College Housing." Several exploratory activities have been initiated and include gathering constituent feedback; collaboration with local government agencies and non-profit organizations; and consultation with area experts and legal counsel. The Board of Trustees formed an ad hoc committee to review potential uses for District real property at their January 2017 meeting.
2. What is the status of the Main Campus Master Plan's Land Use Development Plan with regard to housing?
The District is in the Concept Development phase of a college housing project. Following forums in Fall 2016 to identify preliminary campus constituency interest, the Board of Trustees formed an ad hoc committee to review potential uses for District real property at their January 2017 meeting. Cost benefit analysis and constituent review of the Land Use Development Plan, particularly in relation to Area 7 – Campus Village is underway. As a part of feasibility analysis, a market demand review will begin in February of 2018. Students and employees will be interviewed and/or invited to participate in surveys.
3. What are the primary goals of this project?
The primary goals of the Campus Housing Project (aka Campus Village) are to provide opportunities for students and employees for quality affordable housing that will support student life and NVC enrollment, as well as recruitment and retention goals for both students and employees.
4. What are the secondary goals of this project?
The secondary goals of this project are to expand NVC's support of its community, both locally and globally, by providing local workforce housing, reducing traffic and travel, and enhancing adjacent projects such as the Kennedy Park expansion.
5. How does this project support Student Success?
College Housing was envisioned to feature a mixed use enclave supporting housing opportunities for students and employees. Ancillary support services are also contemplated, such as a café, market, bookstore, fitness center, etc. The project is intended to establish a permanent resident population on the campus, reinforcing a destination lifestyle for the college. By surrounding the day-time activity of the college main campus with residential life, the project is intended to promote a main campus that is active, vital and vibrant. Students who choose to live on-campus are expected to have better grades and be more likely to graduate than their counterparts who live off campus.
6. What else may be included in the project?
The project may also include an extension of Gasser Drive, or South Napa Marketplace Drive, into the Napa campus, which will become an important roadway link to serve both the main campus and the project. This roadwork is expected to provide NVC with a secondary entry point for emergency services.
7. Where might housing be located on the main campus?
All contemplated development areas are outside of the main campus academic core. There is undeveloped property to the north and northwest of the academic core as reflected in Section V of the Main Campus Master Plan and site map. The nearly complete Flood Control Project undertaken by Napa County has created opportunities in the previous "flood way" area that is now considered "flood plain" and buildable.
8. How will Napa Valley Community College District pay for the project?
The project is in the Concept Development phase and the District is exploring several potential funding mechanisms including public/private partnerships, public/public partnerships, municipal bonds, and others. A structure that includes a long-term land lease agreement with a developer is receiving particular scrutiny and has been successfully implemented at other colleges and universities.
9. What is the timeline for the project?
It is expected that the Concept Development phase, including feasibilty studies, will be completed in the Spring 2018 semester. This phase is planned to include a market demand study, collection of campus constituent group input, and integration with the Facilities Master Plan and the FMP timeline.
10. What services and/or amenities will be provided in new Campus Housing? What will the enclave housing look like?
Design details and service plans for the project are yet to be defined but it is nearly certain that facilities services and operations of the project will be managed through an outside vendor and not by internal college departments and staff. The Main Campus Master Plan provides general design parameters (Section IV) including architectural design, open space, pedestrian access, landscape environment, and sustainability.
11. What are next steps for the project?
Student Affairs, Administrative Services, and the President's Area have shared responsibility for the project and will coordinate housing related surveys and interviews to students and employees. The Board of Trustees, facilitated by its ad hoc committee on District Real Property, will evaluate and develop policy level guidance and directives. Additional short term activities for college staff include a market study, selection of partnership and contract structures, and an opportunities and constraints review of the property within the lens California Environmental Quality Act.
Following completion of its research and review, staff and the ad hoc committee will develop and deliver a set of recommendations to the Napa Valley Community College District Board of Trustees. These recommendations will include next steps in the process to adopt a long-term plan for the College Housing project. This plan must be in concert with NVC's strategic priorities, Strategic Enrollment Plan, Financial Plan, and Facilities Master Plan.
12. How do I get involved?
Sign-up for news and notifications about Campus Housing by emailing nvcadvance@Napavalley.edu .