In its first meeting since October, the Woodside Town Council on Tuesday, Dec. 8, will say goodbye to three of its members, say hello to three new members, hear about an alternative source for electric power, and consider an ordinance to streamline architectural design reviews for small residential projects.
The council meets at 7:30 p.m. in Independence Hall at 2955 Woodside Road.
The meeting is set to begin with recognition of Ron Romines, who is leaving after 10 years on the council, and Dave Burow after eight years. Next will be a recognition of the mayor, Tom Shanahan, who is leaving the council after four years.
Elected to the council on Nov. 3 were attorney and former planning commissioner Daniel Yost to represent District 1, former planning commissioner Tom Livermore, and corporate executive Chris Shaw.
San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine is expected to be in attendance for a presentation about a countywide program, now in the planning and development phase, to provide residents with a source of electricity other than Pacific Gas & Electric Company. Accompanying Mr. Pine to help in answering questions would be program consultant Seth Baruch and attorney David Silberman from the County Counsel's Office.
To participate in the alternative energy program, the council would have to act by the end of February to adopt an ordinance to implement the program in Woodside, and pass a resolution to join a joint-powers authority that oversees the program.
On Tuesday evening, the council will also consider a second and final vote on an ordinance to change the design review process for accessory living quarters, gates and entry features, signs, certain types of fences and outdoor lighting, and projects within scenic corridors and western hills with dimensions less than or equal to 1,000 square feet.
Under the ordinance, these projects would no longer go before the Architectural and Design Review Board, but would instead be reviewed by the planning director acting as zoning administrator, a new position that the ordinance would create.