protections at Stanford
Posted June 16, 2005 / Updated
September 12, 2010
Why this is
What's happening UPDATED
What you can do UPDATED
In December 2000, Santa Clara County signed off
on Stanford University's Community Plan and General Use Permit (GUP),
which granted the university five million square feet of development rights.
In exchange for this permission to expand development, Stanford agreed
to several conditions in the GUP that would provide environmental protections
for the community.
Please join us in asking the Santa Clara
County Board of Supervisors to move forward now and keep these long-delayed
promises of environmental protections.
Why this is
This plan, more than two years in the making,
outlines the strongest County restrictions ever on University growth.
The impacts of the massive development rights granted to Stanford will
affect the entire region. In exchange for the development entitlement,
the County included a number of conditions intended to mitigate these
impacts, including the preparation of a Special Conservation Area Plan
and zoning for biologically important and sensitive areas in the foothills,
and the dedication of two trails to benefit the community.
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Stanford agreed to meet all the conditions of
the GUP, and the County is responsible for enforcing its own policies.
Unfortunately, the County has shown no leadership on these issues, and
several times has buckled under pressure from Stanford at the expense
of the greater interests of the community.
In fact, when the County planner responsible
for overseeing this project left the position, the seat was vacant for
months. It has recently been filled, and now it's time to make sure the
public gets what was promised: real mitigations and environmental protections.
Committee for Green Foothills is asking Santa Clara County to move forward
on the following projects:
Stanford committed to dedicate two permanent trails on their land to benefit
the community. Initial planning hasn't even started
for the second promised trail, the C1 Trail.
30, 2005 letter to Supervisor Kniss makes the case that the community
deserves these trails now, to mitigate for the development that
was approved - and started - four and a half years ago.
SPECIAL CONSERVATION AREA PLAN AND ZONING
The Special Conservation Areas (SCA) are those the GUP defines as unsuitable
for development "due to natural resource constraints." The GUP
requires Stanford to develop an SCA management plan with specific goals.
The plan Stanford submitted was long on generalities but short on specifics
and goals; County planning staff has asked Stanford to amend the draft
with specifics, but the University has insisted that its plans are more
than adequate. We are asking the Supervisors to move this process forward,
and to develop zoning for these biologically-important areas in the Stanford
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT STUDY
The GUP also requires the creation of a Sustainable Development Study,
which would direct future development and establish the maximum allowable
build-out on Stanford lands. This will be a large undertaking and will
take a significant investment of time. More than three years ago, Supervisor
Liz Kniss committed to moving the document forward, and promised to establish
a working group to help define the parameters of this study. We are following
up with her specifically to get this moving.
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you can do UPDATED
1. Speak up to the Supervisors.
Join us in asking the County Supervisors to make up for delays and move forward with the following portions of Stanford's Community Plan / General Use Permit: completion of the S1 Trail planning, planning for the C1 Trail, and enacting an adequate Special Conservation Area Plan and Zoning for the Stanford Foothills.
Board of Supervisors
Santa Clara County
70 W. Hedding Street
10th Floor, East Wing
San Jose, CA 95110
Fax (408) 298-8460
Beall, Don Gage,
Liz Kniss, and
email all five Supervisors in a
As always, please send a copy to us so we can
track the efficacy of our work: Fax (650) 968-8431 or action@GreenFoothills.org.
2. Write a letter to the Editor.
Let the community know that the County is not
standing up for our collective rights, and that we deserve the real environmental
mitigation and protections Stanford promised.
The Almanac - Fax (650) 854-0677 - email@example.com
Mercury News - Fax (408) 327-0676 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Palo Alto Weekly - Fax (650) 326-3928 - email@example.com
Palo Alto Daily News - Fax (650) 327-0676 - firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Learn more.
Read our past newsletter
articles on GUP
trails, and the Sustainable
Development Study, or past action alerts on GUP
enforcement and Stanford
Read our June
15, 2005 letter to Supervisor Kniss
Read her June 22 letter to CGF
Read our June 30, 2005 response.
4. Support Committee for Green Foothills.
a CGF member or make a donation.
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