GUP Extension

Good news!

Santa Clara County Planning has extended the comment period for the Stanford University General Use Permit (GUP) Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to February 2, 2018.

https://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2017/11/30/county-extends-comment-period-for-stanford-expansion

I would like to suggest that we come together to each take a section of the GUP EIR, so it is not so overwhelming. Let me know your interest area and if you permit, I will connect you with others who are interested in the same interest area. Let’s divide and conquer.

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Stanford General Use Plan

Dear Palo Altans,

A couple of matters pertaining to the Stanford University General Use Permit (GUP) that I want to bring to your attention:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.)

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Two Meetings

Dear Palo Altans,

There are two significant projects that will be coming upon us that will require your attention.

Stanford University’s growth and expansion proposal

Supervisor Joe Simitian is hosting community meeting on Stanford University’s General Use permit associated Draft Environmental Impact Report. This community meeting held by Supervisor Simitian at Palo Alto City Hall will serve as an opportunity to hear about the proposed development and the process for reviewing it, including the opportunity for public engagement. It will also be a forum for the community to offer comments for consideration in the Final Environmental Impact Report.

Date:  Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time:  6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location:  Council Chambers, Palo Alto City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto

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Stanford EIR

Dear Palo Altans,

Santa Clara County has released the Draft Environmental Impact Report for Stanford University’s 2018 General Use Permit (GUP).

The Draft EIR and referenced documents are available for review at the following locations:

Two public meetings will be held on the Draft EIR:

  • October 12 (Thursday) from 7-9 p.m.

Lucie Stern Community Center Ballroom
1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

(Presentation by County Staff of Draft EIR and public comment process)

  • 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.)

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); 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.

 

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Emergency Prep

Last night, Mexico experienced an 8.2 magnitude earthquake which was felt more than 500 miles away and by over 90 million people.  There are tsunami warnings for the Hawaiian Islands and Guam. Sadly, there are also casualties. http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/08/americas/mexico-earthquake-live-updates/index.html

In the last two weeks, there has been Hurricane Harvey which has devastating results in Texas and some of the nearby states, now Hurricane Irma which is leaving devastation in its pathway. Not far behind is Hurricane Jose, almost on the same path of Irma. Now, this 8.2mag earthquake in Mexico.

September is National Preparedness Month and 2017’s overarching theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” It is more evident than ever we have to take our well-being into our own hands.  Let’s take this time to be prepared.

We can depend on our first responders to take care of us, but let’s be realistic. Let’s look at Texas, the first responders are overwhelmed and many states and cities have sent mutual aid. But, there will be more need with Irma and Jose. While Palo Alto has a phenomenal police and fire department, we do have to also rely on ourselves and our neighbors. To do that we ourselves must be self sufficient and prepared. Here is how http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/services/public_safety/emergency_preparedness/default.asp

Also, sign up for AlertSCC to get alerts from Santa Clara County http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/services/public_safety/emergency_preparedness/alertscc.asp

Please share/forward this to your neighbor, family and friends.

Thank you!

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Office Cap

On Tuesday, September 5th , the City Council will be holding a public hearing on the Adoption of an Ordinance for an Extension of the Interim Ordinance imposing an Annual Limit of 50,000 net square feet of Office/R&D Uses in Designated Areas of the City to June 30, 2018 and direction regarding a replacement ordinance.

The Agenda is posted here http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civicax/filebank/documents/59265

The Staff report is posted here http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civicax/filebank/documents/59270

This ordinance was put in place in 2015 to slow the growth of office and Research & Development space while the City leadership tried to focus on how to resolve affordability issues, displacement of our residents and of community serving businesses which were pushed out due to rent increases, traffic congestion and parking shortages. Putting policies in place in the short two years between 2015 and 2016 is not enough, there are the implementation, evaluation and refinement which take longer.

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