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.
As Stanford’s General Use Permit application moves forward this fall, the Board of Supervisors will review this application with two study sessions and two public hearings. Residents wishing to stay informed during this process may do so by attending any of these meetings.
Key Upcoming Dates and Deadlines for GUP Process
Board of Supervisors Review Process
Study Session #1: Tuesday, September 24 at 1:30 pm, Board of Supervisors’ Chambers, 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, CA 95110
Study Session #2: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 1:30 pm, Board of Supervisors’ Chambers, 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, CA 95110
Public Hearing #1: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 6:00 pm, City of Palo Alto Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Public Hearing #2: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 1:30 pm, Board of Supervisors’ Chambers, 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, CA 95110
Public Feedback on GUP
- Video from 10/8 Board of Supervisors Hearing
- Video from 9/24 Board of Supervisors Hearing
- Video from 5/30 Planning Commission Hearing
- Video from 5/9 Planning Commission Special Meeting
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.
Public Feedback on DA Process: