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Santa Clara County Supervisors Will Fund New Recreational Projects to Mitigate Loss of Recreational Opportunities on Stanford’s Campus

Four-week Application Window to Submit Proposals

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, August 7, unanimously approved a process and a timeline for the funding of potential recreational projects to mitigate a loss of recreational opportunities on the Stanford University campus due to development approved under Stanford’s 2000 General Use Permit (GUP). Public agencies, Stanford University, and non-profits will have a four-week window to submit applications. The deadline is 5:00p.m., September 6, 2012.

In 2000, the County approved Stanford University’s GUP for new academic and housing development on campus. One of the significant impacts identified in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was an adverse effect on recreational opportunities and an increase in the demand for such facilities due to the new housing approved on the campus. To mitigate this impact, Stanford University was required to, among other actions, dedicate two trail easements to the public. One trail has been constructed and opened to the public. However, completion of the second trail did not occur in accordance with a Trails Agreement between the County of Santa Clara and Stanford. This triggered a provision in the Trails Agreement requiring Stanford to make a payment to the County to identify and fund alternate mitigation projects.  $10.4 million is available one-time for this purpose.

Supervisor Liz Kniss, District 5, brought two trail projects for the Board’s consideration: the Dumbarton Link to the Bay Trail and the Adobe Creek Bridge over Highway 101, the Board postponed action and directed staff to propose a process and a timeline for the use of these funds.  These projects will be considered along with any other projects that are submitted during the four-week application period.

“The residents in the surrounding area have been patient throughout this process,” said Supervisor Liz Kniss, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors. “Now we have a definitive timeline to bring this process to closure. I am sure everyone is looking forward to the construction of alternative trails.”

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The Board of Supervisors approved this proposed timeline:
August 9, 2012 Issue Request for Proposals and Public Notification
September 6, 2012 Submit Applications by 5:00 p.m.
September 10, 2012 Post Applications to County Website and Provide to Board Offices
October 9, 2012 ​Hold Public hearing to Consider Proposed Projects to Address Alternative Mitigation for Impact OS-3

The four-week application window is to provide local public agencies, 501(c) (3) non-profit corporations, and Stanford University the opportunity to submit proposals. It will allow the County to obtain pertinent information about the proposed projects so that the County Administration and County Counsel can review the projects for conformance with the legal parameters and to provide the Board with sufficient information by which to evaluate the projects.

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Shirley Zackor, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119
Posted: August 10, 2012