Stanford Application for Updated General Use Plan

On November 21, 2016 Stanford University submitted an application for an update General Use Permit to Santa Clara County, outlying the next phase of needs for the campus for the period beginning in 2018.

The Master Use Plan  process involves both internal examination of the university's academic and space needs as well as consultation with neighbors and community partners. Three public open houses were held in early June, 2016 to solicit input from residents of campus and neighboring communities, including Los Altos Hills.

The 2018 General Use Permit updates the current GUP adopted in 2000, which allowed construction of academic buildings and housing, governed by specific conditions to address areas of environmental and community concerns. County-adopted policies as stated in the Stanford University Community Plan established in 2000, will continue to provide the policy framework for the 2018 General Use Permit. The Community Plan and GUP have proven successful, providing predictability and flexibility for Stanford and accountability to the county and the community.
The proposal for an updated General Use Permit for the next period of years – 2018 to 2035 -- will allow Stanford to provide more on-campus housing and to continue evolving its academic facilities to meet modern research and teaching needs. In doing so, Stanford will continue to follow a compact infill development strategy that preserves the existing campus footprint, protects natural resources and produces no net increase in automobile commute trips to the campus.
The application submittal for an updated General Use Permit begins a review process with Santa Clara County that is expected to take approximately two years. Stanford will conduct extensive community engagement as the process unfolds.
In addition, Santa Clara County will conduct a public meeting in early 2017 to obtain input on what issues should be addressed in the Environmental Impact Report the county will be preparing as part of its review of Stanford's application.

A community forum was held on January 25, 2017 in Palo Alto to present information about the land use application and planning process for the Stanford Master Use Permit application:

A second meeting was held on February 8, 2017 at the Palo Alto Arts Center, to accept comments on  the scope of the Environmental Impact Report being prepared in association with the project.

Related Documents/links

Notice of Preparation for the Environmental Import Report

Planning for the future of Stanford's physical campus - June 15, 2017

The Stanford announcement can be read here:

The full application and summary and overview of its contents are available on Stanford’s website: