Woodside tonight: New rules for secondary dwelling units?

One rule would bar rentals of fewer than 30 days

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.


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Dave Boyce


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Posted by CB
a resident of Woodside: other
on Mar 14, 2017 at 12:28 pm

Are they considering changing the restriction of size of secondary dwelling for family? With the housing issue in the area this would be a great thing for them to reevaluate.

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Posted by Feedback
a resident of Woodside: other
on Mar 14, 2017 at 4:16 pm

Requiring a minimum of 30 day rental periods sounds excessive !
While I understand the desire to avoid having many ADUs used as hotels, owners have a right to do what they want with their property, as long as it doesn't infringe on their neighbors. Don't take away rights of owners.

Requiring 1 parking spot for each bedroom sounds excessive !
Main residences don't require that, so why should ADUs? For example, are you requiring 4 parking spots for a 4 bedroom, or 6 for a 6 bedroom? I think not.

I can't attend tonight, so I hope these points are discussed.

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Posted by CB
a resident of Woodside: other
on Mar 15, 2017 at 1:13 pm

Did anyone attend meeting? We couldn't go but really interested in the discussion.

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Posted by Joan
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 26, 2017 at 1:22 pm

I hope Menlo Park will follow and lessen their restrictions. We have such a housing crisis and it needs immediate attention. There are many of these cottages in my neighborhood and they serve the community providing housing for our service people.

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