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LAH council considers Stanford trail plan

The Los Altos Hills City Council decided Thursday to delay voting on an offer from Stanford University to pay for upgrades to an existing town trail and connect it to Stanford’s system.

While the university is prepared to shell out $1.19 million to join a trail along Page Mill Road with one that parallels Arastradero, according to Stanford spokesman Larry Horton, the proposal has met with opposition from residents who have cited potentially excessive bike and pedestrian traffic from the merger.

Stanford offered to upgrade and merge the trails to comply with a county-mandated trail master plan stemming from an agreement more than a decade ago. The offer also includes installing a 70-foot wide bridge across Matadero Creek and striping bike lanes on Page Mill.

Los Altos Hills Planning Commissioners voted 4-0-1 (Richard Partridge abstaining) against the project March 3.

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Neither Town staff nor Stanford representatives had traffic estimates at the planning commission meeting.

“We’d be joining two hugely popular areas and bringing people through entries to our pathways system,” said Los Altos Hills Planning Commissioner John Harpootlian. “I don’t believe that the town residents signed up for the sort of increased traffic we would expect to see.”

Councilman Jean Mordo opined traffic could flow out of town, not in.

“In my view, we’re allowing better access for our residents to Arastradero Preserve and the Stanford Dish as opposed to the other way around,” he said in an interview Wednesday. “Our town is beautiful, but the thing is, if I can go walk Arastradero preserve, that’s my choice.”

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