Tuesday: Recess over, Woodside council has full agenda


Back from its August recess, the Woodside Town Council on Tuesday evening (Sept. 11) will tackle the matter of whether to add an equestrian connecting trail, no-parking signs and a horse-trailer parking area where Marva Oaks Drive intersects with Raymundo Drive.

Residents have asked for the no-parking signs while expressing opposition to the proposed trail and horse-trailer parking. Equestrians have asked for the trail and the trailer parking area. There are reports of opposition to the no-parking signs from visitors who park on Marva Oaks and use the existing trails to go to Huddart Park and the sculpture garden on Runnymede Road.

In a staff report, Woodside Town Engineer Sean Rose recommends approval of the trail and the no-parking signs but not for the trailer parking area, saying that there are no other such parking areas in town, that its use would be "very limited," and that the location is not ideal.

The council meets at 7:30 p.m. in Independence Hall at 2955 Woodside Road in Woodside.

Also on the agenda:

• The council will consider an agreement that would redirect some of the town's unspent property tax revenues now dedicated to upkeep of the town's library to instead be shared for the benefit of libraries in other communities in San Mateo County.

Since 1999 and the formation of a library joint-powers authority in the county, unspent property tax revenues dedicated to the upkeep of public libraries in Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley have gone into trust funds reserved for those communities' exclusive use.

Councils in Atherton and Portola Valley have approved the agreement. The revenue-sharing aspect from all three trust funds would not go into effect until the end of the fiscal year in which Atherton completes its new library, a milestone tentatively set for 2021.

• Discussion and possible action on an ordinance that would amend the zoning code. The changes would include codifying story pole requirements; removing definitions that are no longer used; clarifying the definition of "bay window;" establishing the difference between wet bars and kitchens; defining the terms "net lot area," "planning director" and "dormer;" and clarifying floor-area-multiplier reductions, discretionary plate height exceptions, and exemptions for paved area and surface coverage required for fire truck turn-around areas.

• Discuss and possibly introduce an ordinance that would establish parameters for increasing affordable housing in town by renting out rooms in homes. Such rentals are referred to as junior accessory dwelling units.


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