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News - July 22, 2022

Bracing for Stanford growth, county looks to beef up housing, transportation rules

Update to Stanford Community Plan aims to reduce university's impact on neighboring cities

by Gennady Sheyner

When Stanford University proposed a plan to add more than 3 million square feet of development to its campus six years ago, Santa Clara County leaders insisted that the university manage this growth by building more housing and adopting stringent transportation restrictions.

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Posted by Allen Akin
a resident of Professorville
on Jul 20, 2022 at 10:24 am

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On the whole, this looks positive. I'm a little concerned about how the number of trips is measured, which affects the proposal for traffic mitigation measures, but the move to balance growth with on-campus housing is definitely a good idea.

Posted by Old PA Resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 20, 2022 at 11:12 am

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I really like this. California has to start accepting the concept of sustainability. That includes Stanford. This will reduce pollution and reduce the outrageous practice of Stanford buying up the local homes. It's all good.

Posted by Paige
a resident of another community
on Jul 20, 2022 at 1:01 pm

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"The actual cost of construction ends up being in general higher than is anticipated when fees are collected, therefore you don't produce as many units as you might expect."

It's even worse than that. Menlo Park's recent Commercial Linkage study puts the true cost of affordable units at $256/sf for office, yet most cities only collect about $20 or $25.

So 1.) in-lieu fees are already discounted by about 90% when assessed, and 2.) when spent current construction costs are even higher. An LA Times article puts the cost for affordable unit at nearly $1M.

Crank the linkage fees up to the full market rate. If that chills commercial development, then go to Texas. Commercial development can't be allowed to socialize its affordable housing costs. You have to pay for a socialized costs in one way or another. Karma can't be avoided. And it beats having to ask voters to tax businesses after the fact.

Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of JLS Middle School
on Jul 20, 2022 at 7:29 pm

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Anything related to Stanford is depressing to me. What used to be considered the hallmark of excellence is now marred by cover-ups and lawsuits we never read about -- because of the cover-ups. Look in the County Superior Court case docket and the Federal dockets. Oh but we don't talk about that, that's verboten. This is Stanford Country.

Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 21, 2022 at 2:23 pm

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@MyFeelz. All you have to do is research the Mayfield Agreement between PA and Stanford U. 71 low-bottom constructed on toxic soil, cheap as cardboard apartments where tenants feel trapped in grime & poverty. The landlord lies and threatens stupid lease violations destabilizing families from the very purpose for which the "agreement" was erected. All in exchange for what and for who? The sacred and hallowed ground of Le(land). The low income were served a grueling lease up process and endure an ongoing raw deal -- the least likely to succeed were bartered for a City soccer field and 164 upscale Stanford units . No matter how often the brass is polished on the outside the luster wears through.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 21, 2022 at 7:56 pm

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Transportation problems have to be fixed and not just because of Stanford.

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