News - December 3, 2008

County to weigh long-term permit for Horse Park

Representatives of the Horse Park in Woodside will be before the San Mateo County Planning Commission on Dec. 10 to argue in favor of a long-term use permit to replace the six-month permit they've been living with for years.

The 272-acre nonprofit facility provides the public room to practice a range of equestrian disciplines and over the last year "has addressed every concern of the County," Horse Park spokeswoman Nan Chapman said in a letter to The Almanac.

The Planning Commission meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, on the first floor of 400 County Center at the corner of Bradford and Hamilton streets in Redwood City.

Renewing the permit every six months "puts a tremendous strain, of both time and manpower on all of the volunteers involved," Ms. Chapman said.

The Horse Park includes facilities for polo, dressage, jumping and a therapeutic riding program, and serves "thousands of children and adults each year," Ms. Chapman said. Temporary shelter is available for 240 horses and there are eight arenas.


Posted by Jean Dickey, a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Dec 3, 2008 at 6:34 pm

This is a horribly run situation. The speed limit on Sand Hill is 50 MPH. Bicycles, cars and pedestrians heavily use this area, and when a truck with a long horse trailer attached comes out of the entrance, it is DANGEROUS. Also, there are people living there on the weekends in trailers, there are lights left on all night. Endless construction endures. And let's not forget they started this all without an EIR or a permit.

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