Dear Palo Altans,
A couple of matters pertaining to the Stanford University General Use Permit (GUP) that I want to bring to your attention:
- An extension for the comment period with regard to the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was formally requested by Palo Alto’s City Manager as reported in PA Weekly https://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2017/11/29/cities-seek-more-time-to-vet-stanfords-proposed-expansion#comments. Stanford University has responded and is not supportive of the extension, but we are waiting for the response from the Santa Clara County office of Planning and Transportation. Please write in support for a 60 day extension, see the commenter in the PAOnline “Tired of Asspirations” for the email addresses.
- The period to make comments with regard to the Draft Environmental Impact Report for Stanford University’s 2018 General Use Permit (GUP) is coming to a close on December 4, 2017, if the extension is not approved. Therefore, it is best to operate as if we will not be getting the extension.
Supervisor Joe Simitian will be hosting another public meeting to receive comments on the Draft EIR:
- November 30 (Thursday) from 7-9 p.m.
Palo Alto Arts Center Auditorium
1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto
(Special County Planning Commission meeting to receive public comments on the Draft EIR.)
A summary of the proposed 2018 General Use Permit would authorize Stanford campus growth and land use development, anticipated to take place over a period extending from approximately 2018 through 2035:
- 2,275,000 net new square feet of academic and academic support facilities;
- 3,150 net new housing units/beds (550 units would be available for faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, and medical residents);
- 40,000 square feet of childcare and childcare related facilities; and
- Stanford University proposes that the 2018 General Use Permit include an option to
allow Stanford to construct a 2,000-space parking supply reserve, subject to Planning Commission review and approval, if any one of the following conditions apply: 1) Stanford is achieving its No Net New Commute Trip goal; 2) such parking would not result in a substantial increase in peak-hour commute trips; or 3) unforeseen circumstances occur due to changes in background conditions would require provision of additional parking.
The Draft EIR and referenced documents are available for review at the following locations:
- County website: www.sccgov.org/sites/dpd/Programs/Stanford/Pages/GUP2018_CEQA.aspx
- Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto;
- Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd, Palo Alto
The Draft EIR has identified significant and unavoidable impacts in the areas of Cultural Resources, Noise and Vibration, and Transportation-Traffic.
Written comments on the Draft EIR should be addressed to:
Santa Clara County Planning Office
County Government Center
70 W. Hedding Street
7th Floor, East Wing
San Jose, CA 95110
As you review and consider your comments, please be reminded that Stanford Research Park is not included in the City’s 50,000 square foot office/R&D annual limit and hence, can and will be contributing to the impacts in Palo Alto. Additionally, Stanford University Medical Center has not been completed yet and we have no idea what kind of traffic and parking impacts we will be confronted with.
Thank you for your attention and kind regards,