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Woodside Notes Woodside Notes (March 10, 2004)

Architect appointed to town review board

Peter Mason, a Palo Alto-based architect, is the newest member of Woodside's Architectural and Site Review Board. He replaces Jim Caldwell, another architect, who is stepping down from the board, an advisory body that reviews new building and remodeling projects and makes recommendations to the planning director.

Erik Corrigan, who ran unsuccessfully for the Town Council in November, also applied for the post.

Mr. Mason was appointed on a 4-0 vote at the February 24 Town Council meeting, with Pete Sinclair and Joe Putnam absent, and Mayor Paul Goeld declining to vote for either candidate.

Town policy calls for one member of the ASRB to be a licensed architect, if one is available.

Mr. Mason is a principal with Hill Glazier Architects, and specializes in designing high-end hotels and resorts.

Incumbents reappointed to Planning Commission

The Woodside Town Council voted unanimously at the February 24 meeting to reappoint planning commission members Sara Jorgensen, Tom Livermore and Diane Elder to four-year terms. There were no other applicants for the seats, which represent Woodside election districts 1, 5 and 7, respectively.

New limits OK'd for paved areas

New limits on paved areas on the town's handful of institutionally zoned lots were approved by the Woodside Town Council at the February 24 meeting.

The ordinance restricts paved surfaces to 25 percent of the total lot area. It applies to projects governed by a conditional use permit or reviewed by the Architectural and Site Review Board. The ordinance passed on a 5-0 vote, with councilmen Joe Putnam and Pete Sinclair absent.

The ordinance is tied to a new landscaping plan for the Woodside Library, which would reconfigure and expand the parking lot, adding landscaping and lighting. Adjacent neighbors of the library were concerned that the looser version of the paved area ordinance that won initial approval in October could allow additional parking to be built behind the library in the future.

A revised version of the library's landscaping plan is scheduled to come before the Town Council on March 23. -- Andrea Gemmet

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