City officials from Menlo Park and Palo Alto have requested an additional 60 days to evaluate the possible impacts of Stanford’s application for a renewed General Use Permit (GUP) as the upcoming Dec. 4 deadline for the official comment period approaches.
In a recent meeting of the Stanford Coalition for Planning an Equitable 2035 (SCoPE 2035), members discussed current housing and transportation issues in the local area and how Stanford’s proposed land use and construction efforts in its General Use Permit (GUP) might contribute to existing problems.
Affordable housing and increased traffic were among the chief concerns brought up by members of the local community on Thursday night’s Community Feedback meeting held at the Palo Alto City Council.
Following concerns raised by a local nonprofit called Menlo Spark, Stanford has agreed to raise environmental standards for its Middle Plaza Project in Menlo Park, which Menlo Park City Council members voted unanimously to approve last week.
Leaders of SEIU Local 2007, the union that represents over 1,200 workers at Stanford and Santa Clara University, expressed concerns that its members may not be hired to work at Stanford’s new satellite campus in Redwood City.
As much as the GUP is a chance for Stanford to dream big, it is a chance for us and our neighboring communities to dream big too – to imagine a Stanford that invests in its community and leaves a legacy of equity.
Traffic, sustainability and staff housing emerged as key worries at a forum inviting community feedback on Stanford’s vision for campus development through 2035.
At the Faculty Senate meeting last night, President Marc Tessier-Lavigne expressed support for undocumented students. The Senate also received reports on new learning spaces and mental health.