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Woodside council OKs a portion of new Glens development rules

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.

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The Planning Commission and the planning department have been working with the Glens community on the revised rules for more than a year.

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Woodside council OKs a portion of new Glens development rules

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Uploaded: Thu, Nov 14, 2019, 11:58 am

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.

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Comments

Neighbor
Woodside: Woodside Glens
on Nov 14, 2019 at 4:40 pm
Neighbor, Woodside: Woodside Glens
on Nov 14, 2019 at 4:40 pm
2 people like this

Because the only good house is a big house, it seems. No matter neighborhood characteristics. No matter that the Specific Plan for the Glens was developed with an eye to safe ingress and egress. No matter that our Fire Chief spoke out in the meeting (odd that wasn't reported) saying that she does not support increasing house sizes on small lots in the Glens and that she would not send her crews into a conflagration there. Woodside Council will always listen to the loudest voices. The lack of leadership is astonishing.


Untrue
Woodside: Woodside Glens
on Nov 15, 2019 at 7:25 am
Untrue, Woodside: Woodside Glens
on Nov 15, 2019 at 7:25 am
11 people like this

@Neighbor: I must call you out on your false statement regarding the Fire Chief.

By saying "she" in reference to the "Fire Chief" I assume you mean Denise Enea who is the WFPD Fire Marshall. Ms. Enea wasn't even in the room on Tuesday night!

A resident of the Glens stated that WFPD would not come into the Glens in a fire due to the risk of being trapped - but that is a VERY LONG WAY from a "Fire Chief" making the statements you have claimed.

I sat in the audience all evening - by the way why in the world did the Town Council have both garbage and the Glens on the same agenda - who's horrible idea was that?

Your claim is really misleading. Shame on you.


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