UNLV last had a full update to its campus master plan approved by the Board of Regents in March 2004. The 2004 master plan (initiated in 2002-2003) was one of the most formal and comprehensive campus master plans UNLV had created for the campus. Prior to then, UNLV had completed campus physical master plans in 1968, 1978 and 1989.
Since then, UNLV has done a series of focused updates and studies, and has adjusted the campus master plan, including adding a Midtown UNLV master plan update in 2006 to incorporate campus development features and principles relative to the Midtown UNLV vision. An Urban Land Institute Study in 2007 further assessed the basis, scope, focus and features of the integration of the Midtown UNLV vision into the campus master plan.
The development of a phased multi-modal transit center in cooperation with the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTCSN) was also formalized based on Board of Regents approval in June 2011. Based on these master plan updated items since the 2004 Board approved master plan, and Board policy that Campus Master Plans be updated approximately every 10 years, and the UNLVNow proposal, a UNLV Campus Master Plan Update is being implemented in 2012.