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Tonight: Portola Valley council reviews housing element

The Portola Valley Town Council meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Historic Schoolhouse to review and take public comment on the chapter of the town's general plan devoted to housing -- referred to as the housing element.

Updates to housing elements, normally done on an eight-year rotation, must receive state certification. One hundred cities and towns within nine Bay Area counties, and the counties themselves, have until January 2015 to submit updated elements to the Department of Housing and Community Development.

To meet its assigned quota for 2014-22, Portola Valley must show good faith in planning for and encouraging construction of 64 new dwellings, including 13 for above-moderate-income households, 15 each for moderate- and low-income households, and 21 for very-low-incomes.

The Planning Commission has been meeting periodically to discuss second units (granny cottages), housing affiliated with institutions such as Woodside Priory School, community preferences, and drafting the language. The draft needs council approval before submission to the state.

Dave Boyce

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