Santa Clara County, who has jurisdiction over Stanford University, has received Stanford University's General Use Permit (GUP) application. Palo Alto is one of the cities impacted by Stanford University’s expansion and growth and as a resident of Palo Alto, your input is crucial!
Stanford University’s 2018 General Use Permit is seeking approval for the following:
- To develop/build up to 2.275 million new square feet of research facilities, academic and academic support facilities.
- 3,150 new housing units/beds, of which up to 550 units would be available for faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, and medical residents.
- If the need arises, Stanford seeks a condition that would allow it to build additional housing beyond the proposed development limit of 3,150 housing units/beds.
- Stanford also proposes that any remaining unbuilt academic and academic support space square footage that was authorized in the 2000 GUP to be carried over to the 2018 GUP.
- Stanford proposes to include an option to allow construction of a 2,000-space parking supply reserve, if
- 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 trip.
County of Santa Clara will be preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for this project and wants to gather your views regarding the scope and content of the environmental information to be included in this report, the EIR. Palo Alto may then use this EIR when considering approvals for the project.
The deadline for submitting concerns is February 17th, 2017.
Send your comments to the following:
County of Santa Clara Planning Office
Attention: David Rader
County Government Center
70 West Hedding, 7th Floor, East Wing
San Jose, CA 95110
Some specific environmental topics to consider and expand upon:
- Air Quality
- Biological Resources
- Cultural Resources
- Cumulative Impacts
- Energy Conservation
- Geology and Soils
- Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- Growth Inducement
- Hazards and Hazardous Materials
- Hydrology and Water Quality
- Land Use
- Noise and Vibration
- Population and Housing - new housing built does not mention the lower-income employees at Stanford
- Public Services - school enrollment, police and fire
- Transportation & Circulation
- Utilities and Services Systems
Here is the Staff report http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civicax/filebank/documents/55676 .
Thank you for your engagement and your involvement.