Stanford General Use Permit Development Agreement

This website is an informational hub for community members:

  • Access information about the Stanford General Use Permit Development Agreement (DA) negotiation process

  • Upcoming meetings, updates, background, contact information, and other resources

  • Share your ideas about DA community benefits on the SHARE A COMMENT page

Development agreements are voluntary contracts that can result in the applicant providing community benefits outside of the regulatory process in exchange for the public agency agreeing to “freeze” the development standards applicable to the project for the term of the agreement. If the County and University cannot reach agreements, or one or both parties decide to withdraw from the negotiations, the development agreement would not be executed.  The 2018 General Use Permit, however, would still be considered by the Board of Supervisors.

In July 2018, Stanford University submitted a Development Agreement application to the County of Santa Clara in association with its General Use Permit (GUP) application. 

On October 16, 2018 the Board of Supervisors provided direction to engage in a transparent and public process to understand the key issues from the community that may be addressed in the Development Agreement. 

County staff and decision-makers want to inform the community about the DA negotiation process and obtain input from the public about possible community benefits to include in the DA.

The community outreach approach will include:

  • Public input meetings near Stanford University

  • Stakeholder Meetings with city officials for surrounding jurisdictions

  • Online updates and resources to keep the public informed

  • Emails to the 2018 Stanford GUP email list group and other stakeholders

Stanford Lands within Unincorporated Santa Clara County

Stanford Lands within Unincorporated Santa Clara County



Board of Supervisors Study Session #1

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 1:30 pm

Board of Supervisors’ Chambers 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, CA 95110