County Administration is recommending the exercise of the County’s full authority to ensure all impacts are fully addressed, so the project does not negatively impact the surrounding community by substantially worsening local traffic, escalating demand on housing – particularly affordable housing, or endangering our open spaces. 

About: General Use Permit

This proposal is being made by Stanford University as part of its application for a new General Use Permit (GUP).  The Stanford General Use Permit authorizes specified amounts of facility and housing development and regulates how that development takes place through Conditions of Approval. This is a regulatory document.

The County of Santa Clara Administration is currently reviewing this proposal under its land use authority.  A thorough environmental review process was conducted to determine the potential impacts of this project on the surrounding community and conditions of approval and community plan amendments will be presented to the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors for review and approval.

Key Upcoming Dates and Deadlines for GUP Process

  • Planning Commission Review
    • Hearing #1: Thursday, May 30 at 6:00 pm at City of Palo Alto Council Chambers 250 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
    • Hearing #2: Thursday, June 13 at 1:30pm at Isaac Newton Senter Auditorium - 70 West Hedding Street, San José, CA 95110
    • Hearing #3: Thursday June 27 at 1:30pm at Isaac Newton Senter Auditorium - 70 West Hedding Street, San José, CA 95110

The Planning Commission may take formal action on any of the hearing dates specified above.

  • Board of Supervisors Review
    • Hearings TBD in September, October and November

Public Feedback on GUP

About: Development Agreement

Development agreements are voluntary contracts that can result in the applicant providing community benefits outside of the regulatory process in exchange for the public agency agreeing to “freeze” the development standards applicable to the project for the term of the agreement.

While a development agreement is not needed to move the project forward, the County agreed to engage in development agreement (DA) negotiations and will remain to be open to these at Stanford’s request if these negotiations are only between the County and Stanford and are open to the public and transparent.

These DA negotiations – focused on additional public benefits outside the scope of the General Use Permit - will not be used to excuse Stanford from addressing all project impacts as provided by the GUP approval process. 

If the County and University cannot reach agreements, or one or both parties decide to withdraw from the negotiations, the development agreement would not be executed.  The 2018 General Use Permit, however, would still be considered by the Board of Supervisors.

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