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Update - 11/1/2019

Stanford has withdrawn its long-term land use permit application and will focus on deepening engagement with local communities. Read the statement.


Bicyclist cycling on the oval; Marguerite shuttle drives past
Our commitment to the Bay Area

The university submitted an offer of $4.7 billion in community benefits focused on addressing critical housing and transportation challenges facing the region.

Working closely with local residents and county government, Stanford is seeking an updated General Use Permit that will guide how the University uses its land and addresses housing, traffic and environmental concerns. This is an opportunity for Stanford and its neighbors to plan for a future of education, discovery and community.

The proposed General Use Permit will keep development within existing academic boundaries and does not propose development in the foothills. It proactively addresses housing needs by authorizing new on-campus housing and manages traffic by expanding successful transportation programs.

Commitment to Community

Increasing campus housing

The availability and affordability of housing is a critical challenge in our region. The proposed permit would generate an additional 3,150 campus units.

Supporting local schools

A conditional agreement between Palo Alto Unified School District and Stanford would provide additional community benefits to local schools.

Keeping cars off the road

The proposed permit will help limit congestion by continuing programs which prevent an increase in new vehicle traffic on campus.


“As Stanford considers the facilities that will be needed in the coming years for our teaching, research, and health care missions, we intend to work closely with the community, being sensitive to the concerns of our neighbors and committed to contributing positively to our region's quality of life.”

~ Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President, Stanford University

Planning for Stanford’s future

Facilities to support research and learning

For Stanford to remain at the forefront of education and discovery, the university proposes an annual increase in academic facilities consistent with Stanford’s historic growth. New academic facilities will be added in connection with new housing.

Compact development on the core campus

Stanford is not proposing development in the 2,000 acres of land it owns in the foothills.

A track record of accountability

Over the past 17 years under the current General Use Permit, Stanford has met every one of more than 100 annual requirements. The proposed 2018 General Use Permit will have similar requirements that will be monitored by Santa Clara County.

Campus open space enables environmental restoration, academic programs and recreation.

About the General Use Permit