Conditional Use Permit & Transportation Management
About the Conditional Use Permit (CUP Amendment) Process
In March 2020, Ross voters approved Measure F, which granted Branson the ability to apply to the Town of Ross for an increase in student enrollment for the first time since 1978.
As the next step in this process, we filed an application on March 15, 2021 to amend our 1978 Use Permit. The entire application was essentially our request to add 25 students per year over a four-year period.
From 2019 through 2021, Branson held collaborative working sessions with neighbors and community members. The direct input of neighbors shaped our application and helped us create a comprehensive transportation demand management plan (TDMP) that was part of the CUP application. Even with the phased growth of students, Branson has pledged net-neutral traffic (our traffic levels will stay as they exist today, with no increase) - and the TDMP has the potential to make it even better.
The Town Council reviewed Branson's application in lengthy public hearings on January 13, 2022, February 8, 2022, and February 15, 2022.
On Tuesday, February 15, 2022 the Ross Town Council voted unanimously to approve Branson's amended Conditional Use Permit. This enabled Branson to begin a phased increase to the student body – 100 new students over the next four years – starting with a 25-student increase to the incoming Class of 2026. Read more.
We are very proud to call Ross our home and we deeply appreciate the support of the townspeople as we secure Branson’s long-term future in this community through this growth to our student body.
Branson has pledged net-neutral traffic (our traffic levels will stay as they exist today, with no increase) with the increase of 100 students. Careful adherence by all Branson community members to the Transportation Demand Management Plan (TDMP) will ensure that traffic levels stay the same, or even decrease, over the coming years. Read the complete TDMP here.
All Branson students, parents, faculty, staff, and coaches are expected to comply with Branson's Transportation Handbook, which supports the TDMP. Read the 2022-23 Transportation Handbook.
- Why does Branson need to grow?
- Why 100 students?
- Wasn't the enrollment increase already approved by voters?
- Will there be new buildings or changes to campus?
- Will there be an increase in traffic?
- How can Branson add students without increasing traffic?
- Has Branson involved neighbors in the process?
- How did the approval process work?
- Will 100 more students cause significantly more student or athletic events?
- Will Branson need to hire a lot more teachers or staff for an 100 additional students?
- How will the expansion benefit the Ross community?
- Whom should I contact with questions?
The Branson Neighborhood Group, as per our amended CUP, welcomes residents from streets adjacent to Branson (Fernhill, Bolinas, Glenwood, Norwood, Circle Drive, Hillgirt) to campus 2-3 times each year. In these meetings we share updates and gather feedback about our new Transportation Demand Management Plan (TDMP) and any other Branson-related issues that are pertinent to our neighbors.
Thank you to everyone who attended the Neighborhood Group Meeting on Tuesday, August 16, 2022. If you missed it, you can read the notes from the meeting here. We look forward to meeting again in a few months.
If you would like to be added to our Neighbor Email list and receive timely communications about special events, traffic considerations, and more, please email email@example.com