Santa Clara County has land use jurisdiction over Stanford's unincorporated land in the county. In 2000, the County granted Stanford a General Use Permit that contained over 100 conditions. Stanford agreed to meet all those conditions. One condition was that Stanford produce, in cooperation with the Santa Clara County Planning Office, a Sustainable Development Study (SDS).

Following the requirements set out in the condition, Stanford University completed the SDS and submitted it to the Board of Supervisors of Santa Clara County for approval. Stanford believes the SDS fully meets the condition established by the County.

This website provides documents and video clips from public meetings to inform interested persons of the facts related to the SDS.



SDS Public Meetings


Supervisor Liz Kniss meets with Palo Alto City Council

February 9, 2009

Supervisor Liz Kniss discusses the Stanford Sustainable Development Study with the Palo Alto City Council.


Palo Alto City Council Meeting on The SDS

February 9, 2009

The Palo Alto City Council takes up the SDS. Stanford gives a presentation, and members of the public address the Council. The Council votes to send a letter to the County Board.


Palo Alto Planning Commission Study Session

January 14, 2009

The Palo Alto Planning Commission considers the SDS. Stanford's Director of Land Use Planning gives a presentation. Members of the public comment.