The Stanford Coalition for Planning an Equitable 2035 (SCoPE 2035) held several demonstrations across campus on Thursday to protest Stanford’s lawsuit against Santa Clara County’s housing ordinance.
In ongoing negotiations over Stanford’s proposed expansion under the General Use Permit (GUP), Palo Alto City Council voted unanimously on Monday to request that Stanford contribute up to $82.4 million over the next 17 years to the city’s affordable housing fund.
In a December statement regarding the lawsuit, Stanford reaffirmed its commitment to providing affordable housing and claimed that the issue was about the “unequal” treatment of the University.
The project approval is a step toward meeting the Council’s 2015 goal to create 300 new housing units each year in order to meet the city’s target of adding between 3,545 and 4,420 new housing units total by 2030.
On Thursday, the University filed a lawsuit against Santa Clara County against a housing ordinance that requires 16 percent of housing units constructed by Stanford be made available at an affordable housing cost.
Santa Clara County has released the final environmental impact report on Stanford’s 2018 General Use Permit application, detailing the potential effects of the University’s 17-year expansion plan on the local community — including impacts to affordable housing, traffic and transportation.
After a decade of rapid growth, the median home price in the historically low-income city of East Palo Alto is expected to reach $1 million in the coming year, intensifying local concerns about gentrification and displacement as California faces a statewide housing crisis.
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