Construction of super-sized basements in Woodside in recent years has been disrupting land formations, drainage and ground water patterns, as well as neighborhoods, according to Town Manager Kevin Bryant.
The Town Council meets on Tuesday, April 14, to consider a moratorium on these basements. A council subcommittee has examined limitations on a basement's size and depth, its setback from property lines, what it can be used for, and whether it could extend beyond the footprint of the house above, Mr. Bryant said in a statement.
Click here for the staff report prepared for this study session.
The ordinance before the council would set limits that allow only conventional one-story basements. The ordinance would give the council, in consultation with the community, perhaps in more study sessions, the time to consider the issue and come up with new policies, he said.
The council meets on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Independence Hall at 2955 Woodside Road.
The urgency ordinance would apply to applications for basements submitted after Wednesday, April 15.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend to discuss the topic. The council and town staff are particularly interested in hearing from residents with plans to build basements and/or residents affected by neighbors' basement construction.
Members of the town's Planning Commission and the Architectural and Site Review Board are likely to be in the audience and to participate in the study session, according to town staff.