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Woodside won't join FCC suit for now

 

Woodside's Town Council has decided, at least for now, to not join a national lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission. The suit challenges new FCC regulations that govern requests to install telecommunication facilities, such as cellphone towers and antennas.

Council members voted unanimously March 10 to put the matter on hold, but made sure the town's attorney is looking into updating Woodside's rules to match the new regulations.

In other actions, the council:

● Approved a contract with San Mateo County to provide animal control services via the Peninsula Humane Society for the next five years. Town Manager Kevin Bryant said the extension will give the county time to build its own animal shelter. Once the new facility is completed, there will be more options for providing animal control services, he said.

● Gave final approval to the housing element of its general plan. The state requires that the housing element be updated every eight years. To meet its assigned "fair share" of new housing for the region, Woodside will use accessory living units, such as guest cottages, and the rezoning of part of Canada College for new multi-family housing.

● Reappointed Architectural and Site Review Board members Nick Triantos and Bruce Carlsmith to two-year terms. Board member Thalia Lubin was interviewed and reappointed at an earlier meeting, and the board has one additional vacancy.

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