Woodside's Town Council will consider joining a lawsuit over cellphone tower rules when it meets on Tuesday night, March 9. Also on the agenda: an animal control contract, the town's housing element and interviews with candidates for the town's Architectural and Site Review Board.
Woodside's council will consider whether to spend $15,000 to join in a national lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission over the latest regulations the FCC has adopted with regard to granting requests to install telecommunication facilities, such as cellphone towers.
The FCC recently tightened up its regulations so communities are severely limited in their ability to deny a telecommunications facility installation.
Redwood City asked Woodside and other San Mateo County cities to join in the lawsuit, which is also being brought by cities across the country.
Woodside, along with all of the other cities and towns in San Mateo County, currently has an agreement with San Mateo County for all animal control services. The county, in turn, contracts with the Peninsula Humane Society.
The agreement to be considered by the Woodside Council on March 10 would extend the contract with the county and the humane society through June 30, 2020.
A report from Town Manager Kevin Bryant on the contract says the extension will allow the county to complete a new animal shelter to replace the humane society's aging facility at 12 Airport Boulevard in San Mateo. Once the new facility is completed, cities and towns will have more options for providing animal control services, the report says.
Also on the agenda is final approval of the town's state-mandated housing element of its general plan, the document that guides development regulations. The state requires that the general plan's housing element be updated every eight years, and mandates what must be included in it, including how each community will provide its assigned "fair share" of new housing for the region.
The town approved a draft of the housing element in January and the state has said the draft is acceptable, so the council needs only to give the plan a final nod.
The council is also scheduled to interview two candidates for reappointment to the town's Architectural and Site Review Board, the citizen board that reviews home and business building projects to make sure they conform with the town's general plan and residential design guidelines.
Current board members Nick Triantos and Bruce Carlsmith will be interviewed by the council and considered for reappointment. Board member Thalia Lubin was interviewed and reappointed at an earlier meeting, and the board has one additional vacancy.
The council agenda and staff reports can be viewed on the town website.