The Woodside Town Council on Tuesday, Nov. 12, approved a portion of the new guidelines for development in the Glens neighborhood recommended by the Planning Commission, including a key plan for increasing maximum home sizes for smaller lots.
It also approved the right of homeowners to expand their parking options by allowing them to count parking that is in the road right-of-way but off the pavement toward meeting the requirement for off-street parking.
But, because the meeting hit an 11 p.m. deadline for adjournment, the council agreed to postpone a decision on other issues, including Planning Commission and staff recommendations for rules on required setbacks on constrained lots and incentives for building garages, until Tuesday, Nov. 18.
The council also turned aside a last-minute proposal from former mayor Ron Romines to reduce maximum house sizes from what the Planning Commission and the staff recommended in the interest of putting a lid on traffic congestion and demand for parking, improving safety in the event of a disaster, and other considerations.
Proponents of further growth in the Glens have argued that allowing additions and larger house sizes will enable younger residents to continue to live in Woodside as their families grow.
The Planning Commission and the planning department have been working with the Glens community on the revised rules for more than a year.