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Public meetings set this week on Stanford's expansion plan

Local leaders to gather opinions on permit application before Dec. 4 deadline

The public can weigh in on a study of the expected environmental impacts of Stanford's developments over the next 18 years, at meetings this week in Palo Alto and Menlo Park.

San Mateo County has scheduled a meeting to gather community feedback about Stanford's General Use Permit application. The meeting will be held Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Oak Knoll Elementary School at 1895 Oak Knoll Lane in Menlo Park. Stanford is in the jurisdiction of Santa Clara County.

Another meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Palo Alto Arts Center Auditorium at 1313 Newell Road in Palo Alto.

The General Use Permit application, if approved by Santa Clara County, would allow the university to add, between the years 2018 and 2035:

● 2.275 million net new square feet of academic and academic-support space.

● 3,150 new housing units or dorm rooms (estimated to be 1.225 million additional square feet).

● 40,000 net new square feet of childcare services and other supporting space.

Stanford also plans to add 3,480 parking spaces plus "associated infrastructure" needed to accommodate the growth.

The deadline to comment on the draft environmental impact report is Dec. 4.

Comments can be submitted to David Rader by email at david.rader@pln.sccgov.org or by mail to: County of Santa Clara, Department of Planning and Development, Attention: David Rader, County Government Center, 70 W. Hedding Street, San Jose, CA 95110.

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