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Woodside: It's not easy being on the ASRB

Original post made on May 11, 2014

Spare a thought or two of gratitude for the seven volunteers who serve on Woodside's Architectural and Site Review Board, which has the complicated task of reviewing residents' site development plans and making recommendations to the planning director.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 9, 2014, 12:29 PM

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Posted by Longtime Woodside
a resident of Woodside: other
on May 11, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Woodside's rules and regulations related to building homes are absolutely insane. I personally think the Town should disband and be absorbed by the County. Think of the duplication of staff, the lousy attitudes, and the frustration imposed on all residents of Woodside. We could eliminate it all.


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Posted by Theatre of the Asburd
a resident of Woodside: other
on May 11, 2014 at 8:30 pm

I was there, and the ASRB has members Mah, Anderson and Reyering who are control freaks with no background in building design and planning, yet want to make up their own rules of proper size and siting as they go along,without regard to long established and State Mandated "standards" in our recently Council adopted General Plan revision, and time tested Zoning Ordinance, which provide proper checks and balances for professional town staff to review and monitor compliance of design and engineering of proposed projects. Rather than showing proper "DEFERENCE" to highly skilled Planning Director Young and her excellent staff, as well as the Planning Commission and Council, members Mah and Reyering and Anderson "make off the wall, unsubstantiated comments" on design and engineering well beyond their level of expertise and work experience.
Noticeably absent at the 4/29 council/ASRB mtg. was Anderson!!

Staff spends countless hours with applicants and their highly skilled professional architects and engineers, and properly vets proposals for substantial compliance with the Zoning Ordinance, including the Grading and Natural State Ordinances, to protect the Town's interests.

Councilmember Shanahan hit it squarely on the head when he opined that he didn't see that the system was broken, he's not a qualified design and engineering professional, so he defers to the Town's professional staff and the Planning Commission. Shanahan also commented that the ASRB is supposed to be comprised of at least 2 licensed, certified Architects and Landscape Architects.

What we have are Commissioners Mah, Anderson and Reyering who are attempting to be Judge and Jury without abiding by the State Law governing General Plan "Standards", the Town Zoning Ordinance and professional staff who are the proper interface with applicants, and the protectors of the Town's Residential Design Guidelines spirit and intent.

Suggest Mah, Reyering and Anderson submit their resignations, as they are unfit for their "role", and put the Town in serious legal jeopardy, by being arbitrary and capricious with their inane comments, refusing to serve as advisory to the Planning Director, and at the pleasure of the elected Town Council.

Note, with the recent resignations of several reasonable and highly qualified ASRB members, and the inability of the Town to get even applications for the Planning Commission vacancies, is it any wonder that there is a promulgation of a sense of Fear and Distrust of the Town's ASRB design review process, reminiscent of the infamous Hope Sullivan days .

Town Mgr. Bryant was quoted when he was selected as Town Mgr. that he wanted to "streamline the building process".

It's not working Town Mgr., as the Town is overindulging ASRB members Mah, Reyering and Anderson at the expense of reasonableness and good design review process management.

Time for Mgr. Bryant to get control of this out of control situation, before the Town has to explain itself to the Grand Jury once again as to why Woodside has such a notorious regional reputation for building review process.


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Posted by Tyrannical ASRBurdity
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on May 14, 2014 at 9:31 pm

Pity anyone wanting to rebuild or build a new country domicile in this Town with the current ASRB Conceptual Review process after one spends hard earned dollars on highly regarded architects and engineers to work through details with professional Town staff, only to be crucified by Mah, Anderson and Reyering at multiple conceptual review hearings over many months.

Time for a top down management of building approval process that Mr Bryant promised when appointed as Town manager

Why should any intelligent person genuflect to Mah, Anderson and Reyering when they have their own misguided "Beat up the applicant and their architect to assert our self anointed control on who gets to build what " that denigrates the Town "streamlined building process" as a cruel joke that suckers in applicants who want to improve their property for their growing family needs

These appointees need to go unless they properly defer to staff, planning commission and an elected council


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