FORTUNE -- Before a standing-room only crowd that included several hundred Apple (AAPL) employees, the Cupertino City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve construction of the four-story 2.8-million-square-foot curved-glass headquarters that Steve Jobs described in his initial pitch two years ago as looking "a little like a spaceship has landed."
The City Council's decision is final unless a petition for reconsideration is filed within 10 calendar days of the date of the mailing of the decision. A second reading and a pro forma vote is scheduled for Nov. 15. The permits Apple needs to proceed -- the Development Permit, Use Permit, Architectural and Site Approval and Tree Removal -- are scheduled to go into effect the next day.
According to the Mercury News' account of the meeting, much of the discussion was a rehash of environmental and other impacts posed by the project, with the first hour devoted to traffic consultants talking about the "significant but unavoidable'' impacts on neighboring roadways. From the Merc's report:
"As my mom used to say, 'don't bite the hand that feeds you,'" longtime resident Carol Baker told the council. "If we don't honor Apple with this building, they'll leave. There's no reason for them to stay here and be loyal to a community that doesn't support them. But if they left, it would be a disaster for the city."
It may be a slam dunk for Apple, but the local paper is playing the story for all it's worth.
FORTUNE -- There's a pro forma sign off in November, but the vote scheduled for Oct. 15 is the one that will determine whether or not Apple's (AAPL) $5 billion Campus 2 headquarters gets built in Cupertino or somewhere else.
Apple has about as much chance of losing the Cupertino city council vote as MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 14, 2013 4:50 PM ET
On June 7, the day after his final Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, Steve Jobs made a surprise appearance before the Cupertino City Council. He was seeking permission to build a new corporate headquarters for Apple (AAPL).
"We have a shot," Jobs told the council, "at building the best office building in the world."
121 days later, he was dead.
On Sept. 8 the city held a public hearing to discuss the environmental impact MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 11, 2011 7:05 AM ET
Cupertino posts the company's full proposal, including 82 drawings and renderings
Want to know more about Steve Jobs' plans for Apple's (AAPL) futuristic new headquarters, the one he told the star-struck Cupertino city council last June looked "a little like a spaceship had landed"? Look no further than the city's home page, where the council has posted Apple's proposal in full, including dozens of high-res drawings, renderings, floor plans and MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 13, 2011 7:13 AM ET
"We do have a shot at building the best office building in the world"
On Monday, Steve Jobs unveiled the iCloud. On Tuesday, he revealed his plans for Apple's (AAPL) new earthly headquarters: a four-story circle of glass big enough to house 13,000 employees.
"It's a little like a spaceship has landed," he told Cupertino's star-struck city council.
His 20-minute presentation mixed carrots (150 landscaped acres where now there are concrete parking lots) MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 8, 2011 7:34 AM ET
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