The Santa Clara County Planning Commission, in a rare Palo Alto meeting Thursday night, unanimously recommended approval of a Stanford growth sustainability study – but not without dissent from Palo Alto City Council members.
The Palo Alto City Council will formally request that the county Board of Supervisors put off approval of the study, tentatively scheduled for Dec. 9, until the city's Planning and Transportation Commission and City Council can review the study, Vice Mayor Peter Drekmeier said.
"We need more time to weigh in," Drekmeier told the county planners.
While he said "much of the plan is well-done," he added that he personally had a concern that the sustainability study doesn't include a maximum build-out potential for the Stanford campus, as discussed when the 2000 county General Use Permit (GUP) for Stanford was approved by the county.
The sustainability study is a requirement of the GUP.
Councilman Pat Burt said he thought it was "intellectually dishonest" to not include a maximum build-out in the sustainability study since, he said, it was required by the GUP.
Stanford has proposed a 2035 "planning horizon" in lieu of an ultimate build-out estimate.