Tonight: Woodside council to consider streamlining residential building reviews


Changes to the processes in Woodside for government review of residential building and remodeling plans are set for a discussion and possible vote tonight (Oct. 13) at the Town Council meeting.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at Independence Hall at 2955 Woodside Road.

Among the proposed changes are: reducing the membership of the Architectural and Site Review Board to five members from seven, establishing a zoning administrator position (to be filled by the planning director) for review of smaller projects, and engaging an outside architect to assist applicants during conceptual design review.

The ASRB and Planning Commission have reviewed these proposals and have given them their support, according to a staff report.

Also on the agenda: a study session on the maximum allowable size of main residences.

Dave Boyce


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Posted by Quail
a resident of Woodside: other
on Oct 13, 2015 at 1:15 pm

I can't make the meeting, but how will this affect current practices? I'm still waiting for approval to add onto my barn! It shouldn't be this difficult to request a small project.

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Posted by Blown Away
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Oct 14, 2015 at 2:55 pm

What a joke. Fist the meeting got hijacked my nervous nelly ASRB members and their partners, then the councilmen and women tooted their own horns and went on and on, then in a strange turn of events - they decided not to even vote on the measure and instead punted it until the New Year. The town can do better - it was pitiful. The Councils approval rating should rest squarely somewhere between that of our Congress, Vladamir Putin or ISIS.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Oct 14, 2015 at 3:05 pm

I can pick out respectful, deliberate and meaningful exchanges of views when I hear them, and that is what I heard last night in Woodside.

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Posted by Blown Away
a resident of Woodside: other
on Oct 14, 2015 at 4:11 pm

Joe - were you impressed with what you saw? I can only assume you were on the ASRB side....because everyone else thought it was a joke.

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