Land Use


NC State sits in the heart of Raleigh, NC, a city consistently voted among the best places to live and do business.

Universities are constantly growing to meet the needs of increasing enrollment and a changing society. To ensure the university adheres to its mission, space allocations are approved by the University Space Committee and other campus-wide efforts are made to balance space use with NC State’s educational mission and sustainability. This balance includes land use (agriculture, industrial, open space, etc), conservation and protection of natural areas, restoration and repairing damaged natural areas, stormwater runoff , managing the grounds and landscape and space utilization.

Through its master planning process, NC State examines the institution’s impact on the surrounding community and attempts to minimize any detrimental effects. Several of the guiding principles in the Physical Master Plan and the Centennial Campus Master Plan illustrate NC State’s commitment to sustainability, a pedestrian-oriented campus, mixed-use activities and open space to encourage communication, design harmony with existing structures and natural systems and efficient, responsible development.

Students are also using campus as a living classroom for applying knowledge about land use. Through the Design/Build program of the Department of Landscape Architecture, students create enduring landscape designs that enhance the campus environment.