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Community Notebook: County looking to fill up Stanford University Community Resource Group

Eight to 12 members will review university's annual reports, serve as focus group for General Use Permit application

Santa Clara County is looking for people who will be tasked with giving their opinion on development at Stanford University at a particularly crucial time when the school is applying for a new General Use Permit.

The Stanford University Community Resource Group is typically made up of eight to 12 people who will attend quarterly meetings (April 13, June 8, Sept. 14 and Dec. 14) each scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Palo Alto Art Center alongside County planning staff members and university representatives.

Whoever makes it in the group will also serve as a focus group for the university’s pending application to amend its General Use Permit by adding more than 2 million square feet for academic facilities and over 3,000 housing units, which has City Council members questioning about what will be done to prevent more traffic. City residents and students have also echoed the council's road congestion concerns and called for more affordable housing options.

The focus group will serve as the community's voice in addition to public hearings on the application.

Members will also evaluate how the college's Community Plan and General Use Permit is implemented and from time to time review annual reports and other planning documentation.

"This is a great chance to get involved and help shape our community," Supervisor Joe Simitian said in a news release. "I'd encourage anyone with an interest in Stanford land issues to step up and apply."

With direction from Simitian, Santa Clara County Planning Director Kirk Girard will select the group's members based on applications that are due March 31. The forms can be found here.

Anyone looking for more information on the group can be found by contacting Kavitha Kumar at 408-299-5783 or at the County’s Planning Office at the County Government Center East Wing, 70 W. Hedding St., San Jose.

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