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Open space district board votes to support protecting Stanford foothills for 99 years

Original post made on Aug 29, 2019

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District's board of directors voted unanimously on Wednesday night to support a measure limiting development in Stanford University's foothills for 99 years.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Stanford
on Aug 29, 2019 at 10:12 am

The San Andreas earthquake fault goes right through this area. Any kind of development would be extremely foolish.


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Posted by Jonathan Brown
a resident of Ventura
on Aug 29, 2019 at 11:27 am

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Stanford has been on a development tear, and they've severely restricted access to the Dish and other lands they own over the years. Getting a commitment to protect undeveloped lands is important. 99 years is less than forever, but it's better than nothing.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 30, 2019 at 10:41 am

Article>> It found that in the next 100 years, the university could triple its size and still keep development within the academic boundary by using smart-growth strategies. The university would still be at a comparable density to other major universities within the academic boundary footprint.

Posted by Jonathan Brown, a resident of Ventura

>> Stanford has been on a development tear

I hope someone at Stanford is keeping track of what must be increasing operational costs of all the new facilities it has been building. I think that Stanford might discover one of these days that the overhead for operating all of these new buildings is too high. Energy, maintenance, security. Everything new and glitzy is going to cost a lot of money over time.


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Posted by Me 2
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 30, 2019 at 1:26 pm

"Stanford has been on a development tear, and they've severely restricted access to the Dish and other lands they own over the years. Getting a commitment to protect undeveloped lands is important. 99 years is less than forever, but it's better than nothing."

So rather than have them build on their own space, they are buying up other areas in College Terrace and Redwood City.

Unintended consequences, anyone?


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Posted by But why?
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 4, 2019 at 12:13 am

Nobody has explained why Stanford is growing at all. As if there aren't other Universities to attend.

If Stanford wants to get in the business of Universitying, why not just go build one in King City or some other place. LBRE offices could be relocated there to free up campus space.