Stanford Application for update to General Use Permit
The planning 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 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 process with Santa Clara County is expected to take approximately two years. Stanford will conduct extensive community engagement as the process unfolds.
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: https://gup.stanford.edu/community/jan-2017-community-forum.
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.
The Stanford 2018 General Use Permit Draft EIR is now available, there will be a 60-day public review and comment period, which ends on December 4, 2017.
The Draft EIR has identified significant and unavoidable impacts in the areas of Cultural Resources, Noise and Vibration, and Transportation-Traffic. This notice is required to disclose whether the program area contains any sites lists as a hazardous waste site. The program area contains no such sites.
There are two scheduled public meetings on the Draft EIR:
Santa Clara Supervisor Joe Simitian is holding a public meeting on the Stanford DEIROctober 12, from 7-9 PM
Lucie Stern Community Center Ballroom
1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
(Presentation by County Staff of Draft EIR and public comment process)
November 30, from 7-9 PM
Palo Alto Arts Center Auditorium
1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto
(Special County Planning Commission meeting to receive public comments on the Draft EIR)
October 19, 6-8 PM
Palo Alto City Hall
250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto
In addition, County Planning staff will make a presentation to the Los Altos Hills City Council at its November 16 meeting.
The Draft EIR and referenced documents are available for review at the following locations:
- Santa Clara County Planning Office – 7165-16P-16GP-16Z-16EIR (address above)
- 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
Supervisor Simitian's letter regarding Stanford's DEIR - October 6, 2017
Stanford 2018 General Use Permit 2018 Application to the Santa Clara County Department of Planing and Development - August 14, 2017
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: http://news.stanford.edu/2016/11/21/application-updated-long-term-land-use-permit/
The full application and summary and overview of its contents are available on Stanford’s website: https://gup.stanford.edu/