Stanford Plan

Uploaded: Thursday, October 26, 2000, noon

Simitian says no surprises in plan
Palo Alto mayor Kniss adds that proposal should be reasonable

Stanford's decision to declare Supervisor Joe Simitian's open space proposal unacceptable is "odd," Simitian said yesterday.

"These are all issues which have all been on the table for well over a year," Simitian said.

Simitian announced Tuesday night that he would like Stanford to set aside 1,000 acres in its hills as open space for 99 years in return for getting development rights in its core campus for what it wants to build over the next decade.

"For the intensification of development on the core campus, setting aside 1,000 acres seems reasonable to me," said Palo Alto Mayor Liz Kniss. The City Council voted 7-0 Monday night to state a preference for permanent open space for Stanford's 2,000 acres of foothills in Santa Clara County.

"We have an applicant who won't take yes for an answer," Simitian said, referring to his willingness to approve a new use permit for 2 million square feet of new academic buildings and 3,000 faculty, staff and graduate student housing units.

"I'm still cautiously optimistic," Simitian added, saying Thursday morning that he planned to talk to Stanford later in the day "to keep the lines of communication open."

Will Simitian modify his open space proposal to get to "yes" in the process?

"I'm always willing to keep an open mind," he said.

--Don Kazak