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Stanford withdraws application for campus expansion

Original post made on Nov 4, 2019

Stanford University abruptly abandoned on Friday its contentious plan to expand its campus by 3.5 million square feet, citing ongoing disagreements with the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors over the approval process.

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Posted by frugal
a resident of another community
on Nov 4, 2019 at 1:05 pm

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Stanford asked for more than they wanted or expected so we wait now for them to reduce their request to what they really want and call it a compromise.

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Posted by Good
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Nov 4, 2019 at 2:39 pm

Good. While we all benefit from having a high quality university nearby, with its attending medical school and hospitals, Stanford has got to realize that it cannot just take over the entire Palo Alto/Portola Valley area. This incessant desire for expansion (and thus, profits) has got to be tempered by the enormous amount of traffic, urbanization of rural land, and light and noise pollution that would occur with it. Like Facebook, Stanford often behaves like a toddler: we want it because we want it, and we want it now! When that doesn't work, they then go to the whole development agreement process---which, for lack of a better phrase, sounds like an upper level bribe to avoid going through the regulatory process.


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Posted by West Menlo
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Nov 6, 2019 at 1:50 pm

Or they can just start buying up even more of Palo Alto, Los Altos, Menlo Park and Mt. View real estate (with no commensurate property tax) and get their housing done that way. Big loss for the cities/counties, but, at least they will feel better having stopped Stanford from expanding on campus.

When did it become the job of companies/institutions to provide housing and transportation options for their employees? I thought that's what cities/counties did by allowing builders to build housing and infrastructure. They then stop allowing new businesses in when they no longer have the room to expand. But that's not what is happening now. Cities want the tax revenue from companies (e.g. Menlo Park and Facebook) but then want to hold the companies hostage for building housing for their employees. Shows a total lack of competence on the part of the city councils.

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Posted by frugal
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on Nov 6, 2019 at 5:40 pm

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West Menlo: Can a city legally limit hiring of new (Stanford and other) employees until the housing imbalance is solved?

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Posted by West Menlo
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Nov 7, 2019 at 12:04 pm

@frugal: I believe that a city can prohibit a business from expanding (adding more space) through their ownership of the building codes and permit process. They can also enforce a business to be true to the occupancy for buildings already built (through code violations), so a business couldn't build a building for a hundred people, say, and then hire 200 people to work there.

But, once they give the go-ahead for a business to be built, I don't believe they can retroactively go back to the business and say they can't hire people in the business if the space they have allows it (without generating a lawsuit).

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