On a 4-3 vote, the Woodside Town Council on March 8 approved drafting a resolution that would restrict members of the town's Architectural and Site Review Board from discussing and voting on certain projects as a member of another major advisory committee.
The resolution would not change the existing situation that allows a review board member to sit on any of the other 13 committees that advise the council. But if an ASRB member expects to be voting on a project, that member could not vote on the same project as a member of another major advisory committee.
The questions before the council were whether such a situation represented a conflict of interest, and if so, whether it should be addressed with restrictions.
In the vote, council members Peter Mason, Chris Shaw and Dave Tanner dissented. Asked to explain his dissent, Mr. Mason replied in an email: "This is not a conflict of interest that requires recusal," he said. "It is a conflict of a perceived opinion basis or bias. This will occur regardless of how many other committees a person is on or not on."