Woodside commission to review new proposals for the Glens


Some proposed rules to expand options to residents of the Glens neighborhood to improve their homes will be the subject of a meeting of the Woodside Planning Commission on Wednesday, June 5.

The rules would increase flexibility in the use of allowable floor area of homes, allow for smaller setbacks from streets and for construction on slopes of 35% or greater, and provide for setback exceptions for garages on nonconforming lots, according to a Planning Department staff report.

Earlier this year, a group of Glens residents asked the town to double the maximum house size in the neighborhood, in some cases to enable them to stay in Woodside and accommodate growing families.

But that idea was dismissed because such a change would trigger the need for an environmental impact report that would take into consideration such issues as affordable housing and sewer capacity.

The new development would increase rather than lower the cost of housing in Woodside, and sewers in the Glens are already at capacity, according to the Planning Department.

The Glens neighborhood was originally composed of small summer homes for San Francisco residents, so many of the homes are on small lots, and some have minimal setbacks from streets.

Development is also constrained by narrow streets and restricted access to the neighborhood for residents and emergency vehicles.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., with the Glens matters set to be taken up at 7:30 p.m. It will take place at Independence Hall, 2955 Woodside Road in Woodside.

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Posted by awatkins
a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Jun 4, 2019 at 1:22 pm

“But that idea was dismissed ......”

Rick — in a report about government action, this use of passive voice is not appropriate. Who, specifically, dismissed the idea?

In addition, some investigation into the validity of the subsequent rationale would help provide your readers with some transparency in government.

Why is the need for an EIR a reason for immediate dismissal?

Is the sewage capacity in the glens irretrievably at capacity? What would ir cost to fix that?

Why is it a problem that home values in the Glens would rise? That’s usually what happens when people improve their homes, isn’t it? Is it not better for the town as a whole that these ex-summer homes be brought up to the same quality as the rest of the town?

If this is an “affordable housing” problem, why are the Glens homeowners singled out for solving what is city-wide issue?

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