The San Juan Residential District ("Residential District") located on the Stanford University campus, was established in the year 1900, with the San Juan neighborhood being developed as faculty housing. The Residential District comprises eight neighborhoods and 860 faculty residences that are categorized by Stanford University as Standard/Unrestricted Leasehold Properties. The Residential District holds several buildings that have been registered as historic landmarks; three are listed on the National Historic Register. These include: the Lou Henry Hoover, MacFarland, and Hanna-Honeycomb Houses. In addition to these, there are five other houses identified as historically significant by the County.
Owing to the concentration of historic homes and the feedback received from residents of the Residential District, there is a need for the County to assess the Residential District to determine
- if the Residential District or portions of it merit designation as a Historic District, based on shared historic characteristics, and:
- if there are additional historic resources to be evaluated.
The County will be conducting a survey of the Residential District to determine if the entire district, or portions-of, needs to be designated as an Historic District. The survey will inform the County’s Planning Department’s effort to determine whether the identified Historic District will require additional development standards to preserve the historic character.
The extent of the district is bounded by Campus Drive to the northwest, Junipero Serra Boulevard to the southwest and Page Mill Road to the southeast and includes eight neighborhoods:
- San Juan Neighborhood (Single-Family Dwellings (SFD); 1900-present; 178 units)
- Pine Hill I (SFD; 1955-present; 116 units)
- Pine Hill II (SFD; 1956-present; 120 units)
- Frenchman’s Hill (SFD; 1967-present; 190 units)
- Pierce Mitchell (Condos; 1975; 82 units)
- Peter Coutts Hill (Condos, 1982, 140 units)
- Ryan Court (Condos; 1991; 26 units)
- Hill Site (SFD; 1996, 8 units)
Geographic extent of the proposed historic survey for the Residential District as defined above, will exclude the three condominium neighborhoods of Pierce Mitchell, Peter Coutts Hill, and Ryan Court.
First Community Meeting:
The first community meeting was held at 6:30 pm on Thursday February 27, 2020 at Paul Brest Hall. The meeting was attended by approximately 110 people. There was extensive representation of residents from the various neighborhoods (see map below).
The PowerPoint presented at the meeting can be downloaded here:
The County may upload additional information about the meeting at a later date and will notify interested parties when that happens.
Project Community Stakeholder Group:
A community stakeholder group (CSG) comprising of different stakeholders will be established to advise the Department during the project. The CSG would comprise of volunteer stakeholders from the Residential District, including residents, property owners, and other individuals with vested interest in the historic survey and development standards associated with the Residential District. To maintain fair and even composition, the Planning Department intends to select individuals from the following stakeholder areas:
- Residents of the San Juan Hill Area (the sub-group concerned with preservation of character and history of their neighborhood);
- Residents of other neighborhoods that make up the Residential District;
- Student residents;
- Faculty residents;
- Stanford University staff;
- Stanford Community Resources Group (CRG); and
- Historical Heritage Commission (HHC).
The Planning Department intends to create an eight-member group. As some of aforementioned stakeholder groups overlap, the Planning Department shall organize the nominations in the following manner:
- Four (4) residents of the Residential District – Two (2) from the San Juan Neighborhood, and two (2) residents from other neighborhoods. Of these four, at least two shall be Stanford faculty.
- One (1) Stanford University management staff
- One (1) Student resident
- One (1) CRG member
- One (1) HHC member
The above composition will allow for an even selection of residents of the Residential District (four residents, two of these shall be Stanford faculty), Stanford (one management staff, one student); and subject matter experts (one CRG member and one HHC member).
Process for CSG Selection
The Department will conduct outreach efforts with all the stakeholders asking individuals to volunteer for the CSG. The applications will be vetted to select members that fulfill the above categories of stakeholders. Preference would be given to individuals who have greater knowledge of the neighborhood district and fulfill multiple stakeholder categories listed above. The application form is available further below on this page.
The initiation of the member selection effort will begin in February with the objective to have the CSG membership finalized by mid-March. A public meeting will be held at the end of February to inform the community at large, about the project, and will be the final call for volunteers for the CSG. It would serve as a mechanism for exchange of information and perspectives on issues relating to the Residential District but would not be a Brown Act body with a formal role as an advisory body. A total of four CSG meetings are planned for the duration of the project.
Expected duties of the CSG shall include providing the Department with feedback on issues of concern regarding the existing conditions and development standards of the Residential District. The CSG shall review and advise the Department on work products developed for the Project, including results of the Historic Survey, as-built study of existing building character, proposed development standards and regulations, any proposed historic designation or districts. Planning Department staff will distribute agendas and work products for review, facilitate the meeting, and take meeting notes summarizing the discussion.
- Application Form - We will stop taking applications for the CSG on Thursday, March 19, at 5PM.
Tentative Project Timeline:
- First Public Meeting - February 27, Thursday at 6:30-8:30PM at Paul Brest Hall: East, Munger Building 4, 555 Salvatierra Walk, Stanford, CA 94305
- Formation of Community Stakeholder Group (March 2020)
- Survey of the San Juan Residential District (April-August2020)
- CSG & Staff Review of Survey results (August 2020)
- Second Public Meeting (September 2020)
- New Development Standards - Draft (October 2020)
- Final Development Standards & Draft Zoning Ordinance (December 2020)
- Third Public Meeting to present development standards and zoning ordinance updates (January 2021)
- Board of Supervisor’s Hearing (March-April 2021)
If you would like to be informed about this project, please fill out our Interested Parties
FAQs Regarding the Study: