Tonight: Planning Commission studies Woodside Glens building regulations


In a follow-up to a community meeting with residents of the Woodside Glens neighborhood in September, the Woodside Planning Commission is having a study session at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, to discuss progress on and solicit suggestions for changes to property development standards.

Staff will present a proposed schedule for in-neighborhood staff meetings with residents whose properties have similar characteristics.

About 85 percent of properties in the Glens are too small to accommodate the town's residential zoning standards and have been labeled nonconforming, a designation that can dramatically increase the time and expense of building, adding to, or remodeling a home.

The commission meets in Independence Hall at 2955 Woodside Road.

The proposed in-neighborhood meetings with planning staff would happen in February and March. The Planning Commission will meet in April to review recommended changes to the town's code, followed by a Town Council meeting in May to consider adopting the code changes.

Study session materials will include a spreadsheet of neighborhood data; copies of the current regulations annotated to reflect the challenges Glens residents face; ideas for the changes to the code based on information received so far; and "guide rails" to steer suggested changes to the code, such as distances between structures for fire safety.

The presentation will include maps showing all parcel lines and structures and current setbacks for each parcel.


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