The Palo Alto school board will hold a special meeting Tuesday to discuss Stanford University's proposed General Use Permit, which spells out how the campus will grow over the next 17 years.
The Santa Clara County Planning Department will present a draft environmental impact report on the permit and take questions and feedback from the board and public. The release of the report last month started a review period that will run through Dec. 4.
Stanford is requesting permission from the county to add more than 2 million square feet of academic space and more than 3,000 housing units on its campus by 2035. The proposed general-use permit would update one the university secured in 2000.
The county's draft environmental impact report notes this level of expansion will create "significant and unavoidable" traffic impacts along already heavily congested roads in the area surrounding Stanford.
Issues "of particular interest" to the school district include potential impacts on population, housing and traffic in the area, a staff report states. The environmental impact report states that the proposed project "would increase enrollment in public schools but would not result in an adverse physical impact from the construction of additional school facilities in order to maintain acceptable enrollment standards."
The Palo Alto City Council expressed some concerns about the expansion plan last month -- particularly its potential traffic impacts, loss of recreational space due to construction and a desire to see the university chip in for grade separation along the Caltrain corridor -- but has not yet taken a formal stance on the project. The city's Planning and Transportation Commission is set to discuss it this Wednesday.
The school board meeting will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. at the district office, 25 Churchill Ave. View the agenda here.