Castilleja is a private, all-girls’ school for 6th through 12th grades, located at 1310 Bryant Street at Embarcadero Road with existing vehicle access from Bryant Street, Kellogg Avenue and Emerson Street. The school has been at the current site, which is zoned Residential -- Single Family Residential (R-1) 10,000, since 1910.
In the year 2000, Castilleja received a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) from the City of Palo Alto for a maximum enrollment cap of 415 students. Castilleja’s student enrollment has exceeded this cap for years and upon learning this in 2013, the City began enforcement actions that included imposing a significant financial penalty and requiring the school to reduce its enrollment and apply for a new use permit to request to exceed the cap (426 students are enrolled in the 2020-2021 school year, down from 430 students the prior year).
On June 30, 2016, the Castilleja School Foundation (Applicant) submitted a new CUP request to increase enrollment to 540 students associated with phased redevelopment of the Castilleja property over a three year period. This includes construction of an underground parking structure and demolition and replacement of campus gross floor area. The CUP (File# 16PLN-00238) request seeks annual enrollment increases by no more than 27 students. The Applicant’s planning applications submitted 2016-2019 with plans and other materials, can be viewed in Castilleja School Project Documents. The Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC) reviewed and provided recommendations on the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR), the CUP and Variance applications in advance of Council consideration of the FEIR and all planning applications. The ARB reviewed and provided recommendations on the Final EIR and Architectural Review application (focused now on Alternative #4 a reduced garage footprint, retention of the two Emerson houses and more trees, and disbursed vehicle circulation) prior to Council consideration.
Public hearing dates (recent and planned)
- Architectural Review Board (ARB) - August 20, 2020 and October 1, 2020, and November 5, 2020
- Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC) - August 26, 2020, September 9, and October 28/November 4, November 18, 2020
- Historic Resources Board - September 24, 2020
- City Council review, March 8, 2021
- Memo on Gross Floor Area/FAR for March 8, 2021 Council
Excerpt 2020 public hearing minutes
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Background & Other Correspondence
The Castilleja application derived from a code enforcement action and related correspondence can be found below. Consistent with City practice, no further code enforcement action will be taken while there is an active application pending to abate the violation.
Castilleja School Project Documents