Uploaded: Wednesday, November 1, 2000, 8 a.m.
Stanford land decision delayed
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday
afternoon to delay its final decision on Stanford University's new
general use permit until at least Nov. 27.
The delay came
after the board heard almost six hours of public testimony Monday
night and early Tuesday morning.
Several supervisors said
they needed more time to sift through all the comments they received,
including hundreds of e-mails.
Stanford officials have
said they will accept a version of the general use permit and community
plan recommended by the county Planning Commission and staff--including
a commitment to leave most areas west of Junipero Serra Boulevard
open for 25 years, with some flexibility.
Joe Simitian announced Oct. 24 that he would like Stanford to set
aside 1,000 acres of foothills as open space for 99 years in return
for Stanford being able to build 2 million additional square feet
of academic buildings and 3,000 housing.
have emphatically said they will not accept that condition.
needs to explore various options and what the legal limits of those
options are," said Supervisor Jim Beall.
"I still feel
a great need to analyze, review and sift through the documents,"
said Supervisor Blanca Alvarado, adding that she preferred to be
After a long and sometimes intense public
hearing Monday night, Simitian said that while there was one remaining
"very significant" issue, the 18-month-long planning process has
been on balance a success, with agreement on many more issues.