For the record, Stanford's growth has been severely limited (so not massive) by the 2000 GUP (General Use Permit) imposed on the university by Santa Clara County in flagrant disregard of property laws. The county followed the desires of property owners and environmental activists who would like to keep Stanford's lands to walk their dogs and children.
Some of us at Stanford think the GUP strangles the university insofar as it prevents building much-needed labs, classrooms, dorms, and faculty housing. It is a big problem, and hopefully the university will use its muscle, not only to dump dirt on its own land, but also to revisit, in the proper courts of law, this damaging hindrance to its needs and its property rights.
I am not speaking as a Stanford University official but as a member of the faculty since 1990.
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