Woodside's Town Council may revise tonight (March 14) zoning rules governing the building and use of accessory dwelling units – the studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom residences also known as second units and granny units.
According to a staff report, one of those rules would prohibit the renting of accessory dwelling units for fewer than 30 days, which would bar short-term rentals such as by Airbnb.
The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. in Independence Hall at 2955 Woodside Road.
The changes are due in part to two new state laws aimed at increasing the supply of affordable housing, and that limit the discretion of local governments over the construction and use of such dwellings.
In February, Woodside's Planning Commission reviewed the town's regulations and made recommendations to the Town Council.
Among the changes the council will consider:
• Allowing town staff to approve the building of accessory dwelling units if they are located within an existing primary residence or accessory structure, have independent access, and have setbacks sufficient for fire safety.
• Not requiring additional parking if the dwelling unit is part of an existing primary residence or accessory structure and near public transit or other alternatives options to single-occupancy vehicles.
• Relaxed restrictions on who can reside in a rented unit.