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Stanford has withdrawn its long-term land use permit application and will focus on deepening engagement with local communities.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

Stanford continues pursuing housing solutions despite possible setback

Escondido Village graduate housing
Sep 28 2018

The region’s housing crunch is proving to be a challenging issue as Stanford continues discussions with the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on the university’s proposed General Use Permit, which forecasts facility needs through 2035.

A vote this week by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors means that Stanford could be required to pay significantly higher mitigation fees on the academic facilities it hopes to construct as part of its application for a renewed General Use Permit.

Supervisors also passed an “inclusionary housing” zoning ordinance that would require 16 percent of all housing for Stanford faculty and staff to be designated as affordable housing.

This recent action by the Board of Supervisors is part of a much broader continuing discussion of Stanford’s land-use request to expand on-campus housing and academic facilities to accommodate the academic needs and opportunities to the year 2035.

The permit requested by the university would allow Stanford to add on campus housing as well as academic space to keep pace with teaching and research demands, while promoting sustainability, conservation of natural resources and alternative transportation strategies.

General Use Permits allow landowners to forecast needs over the long-term – in this case, projected to be through 2035 – easing the day-to-day regulatory burdens for both county and university officials for individual construction projects. The permit would also provide flexibility to accommodate unexpected opportunities, such as the Anderson Collection constructed under the university’s current General Use Permit.