Monday, January 22, 2018

Stanford has submitted an application to Santa Clara County for an updated General Use Permit to authorize the next phase of campus land use in the coming years. The process involves internal examination of the university’s academic and space needs as well as consultation with neighbors and community partners. Stanford has been operating under two key Santa Clara County entitlement documents: a Community Plan and a 2000 General Use Permit. The Community Plan provides a set of rules and policies to guide the university’s land use planning over an extended period of time. The General Use Permit implements those policies and includes specific conditions to minimize impacts of Stanford’s development. The Community Plan and General Use Permit were intended to provide Stanford flexibility in its land use within an agreed-upon framework, with accountability to the county and neighboring communities. Stanford will seek to obtain approval of an updated 2018 General Use Permit that is expected to extend through 2035.

The project description and associated documents, including the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), are available at

San Mateo County has reviewed the DEIR prepared by Santa Clara County regarding Stanford University’s  General Use Permit Application, and has published a draft comment letter that will be considered by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors at its meeting of January 23, 2018. The three documents provided to the Board include a staff memorandum, the draft comment letter, and an attachment to the draft comment letter that contains a summary of the questions and issues that were raised at the November 29, 2017 Community Meeting held in Menlo Park.

Individuals are encouraged to submit their own comments on the DEIR directly to Santa Clara County, to the attention of David Rader at the County of Santa Clara Department of Planning and Development, County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, CA 95110 or by emailing them to Comments are due to Santa Clara County by February 2nd, 2018.

If you have questions or comments regarding San Mateo County’s comments or the environmental review process, please feel free to contact the San Mateo County Planning and Building Department.

San Mateo County Public Hearing Dates

January 23, 2018 Board of Supervisors Public Hearing - Hearing Agenda (See agenda item #35)