2131 Sand Hill Road

Current Status

The original project notice indicated a Planning Commission public hearing for the project on May 8, 2017. However, the project is being continued to a future Planning Commission meeting and will not be discussed on May 8, 2017. An updated public hearing schedule will be posted to this website when available.


Project Description


Stanford University is proposing to annex one legal parcel addressed as 2111 and 2121 Sand Hill Road into the City of Menlo Park. The parcel is currently located in unincorporated San Mateo County and contains an existing residence of approximately 9,200 square feet, to remain, and an office building of approximately 48,100 square feet, also to remain. A tentative map is being requested to merge the annexed parcel, as well as two adjacent undeveloped parcels in the City of Menlo Park, and subdivide into two parcels, one containing the existing residence and the other containing the existing office building and an undeveloped area of land. The parcel containing the existing residence would be zoned R-1-S (Single Family Suburban Residential). The parcel containing the existing office building would be zoned C-1-C (Administrative, Professional and Research, Restrictive). A new two-story office building, approximately 39,800 square feet in size, would be constructed on the undeveloped portion of the same parcel as the existing office building to remain. As part of the development, excavation and construction of a retaining wall is also being requested within the required rear setback of 75 feet. The proposal also requires consideration under the California Environmental Quality Act.

Required Review


The proposed project would require the following actions:

  1. Pre-zoning of parcels presently located in unincorporated San Mateo County, to be annexed into the City of Menlo Park, to the R-1-S (Single Family Suburban Residential District) and C-1-C (Administrative, Professional and Research District, Restrictive) zoning districts;
  2. Rezoning of parcels currently located in the R-1-S zoning district to the C-1-C zoning district;
  3. General plan amendment to establish Low Density Residential and Professional and Administrative Offices land use designations for the parcels to be pre-zoned, and to change the land use designation for the parcels to be rezoned from Low Density Residential to Professional and Administrative Offices;
  4. Tentative map to merge three parcels and subdivide into two parcels, one parcel containing an existing residence to remain, the other containing an existing office building to remain;
  5. Use permit and architectural control to construct a new two-story office building, approximately 39,800 square feet in size, in the C-1-C (Administrative, Professional and Research, Restrictive) zoning district on the same parcel as the existing office building to remain. Also a use permit request to allow excavation within the required rear setback;
  6. Heritage tree removal permits for the removal of approximately six (6) heritage trees associated with the proposed project; and
  7. Below Market Rate (BMR) Housing Agreement for compliance with the City’s Below Market Rate Housing Program.
The project will require review/recommendation by the Planning Commission and review/action by the City Council on all project actions. These meetings will be scheduled at future dates.