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Woodside: No parking on Marva Oaks Drive until factions find compromise

Original post made on Sep 19, 2018

Residents of Marva Oaks Drive in Woodside and local equestrians could not reach a compromise over how to address parking and horse traffic along the road, so the Woodside Town Council has stepped in.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 9:55 PM

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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Woodside: Kings Mountain/Skyline
on Sep 19, 2018 at 7:40 pm

Such a sharp group: Let's all vote! No, let's reverse the vote! Is anyone really awake on that crew?


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Posted by First step
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Sep 22, 2018 at 10:19 am

Great first step.


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Posted by Huddart Hiker
a resident of Woodside: other
on Oct 20, 2018 at 9:35 pm

Just plain WRONG!

No parking signs make this a private road for the benefit of five homeowners at taxpayer expense.

It’s also NOT a good look for the Town of Woodside to allow wealthy landowners to restrict public access to a county park. Vinod Khosla became a national villain by restricting public access to Martin’s Beach. Woodside should encourage the public to use their county parks!!

I also find it troubling the Town Engineer never removed the fake/illegal No Parking signs that have been on Marva Oaks for quite some time.

Town Council should reverse this decision.


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Posted by Huddart Payer
a resident of Woodside: other
on Oct 26, 2018 at 1:47 pm

@Huddart Parker:

Since when do "no parking" signs make a road a private road? I see many of these on Woodside Road East of 280...using your "logic", that would make this a private road too?

As for restricting access to Huddart Park? The roadway will remain clear and there is plenty of parking at Huddart Park. Is your true issue that one has to pay a parking fee at Huddart Park?


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Posted by 2nd Huddart hiker
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Oct 26, 2018 at 5:37 pm

I live on Canada, closer to the Raymundo entrance to Huddart, and I especially like the trials and riverbed near there. It's my favorite entrance.

Why would I drive 15-20 minutes out of the way to go park at the official entrance that is far from the creek area, and far from my home?

This rule just made the part far less accessible for me, a semi-frequent hiker that used to park at Marva Oaks for an hour or two once in a while. I'm not the only one. Other Woodside residents showed me the entrance once upon a time.

Sad day. Hope it gets solved soon.


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Posted by 2nd Huddart hiker
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Oct 26, 2018 at 5:46 pm

I also agree that Woodside should not have private roads that prohibit public parking unless
1) you (or a group of neighbors) own the whole road and pay for it's upkeep, or
2) there is some other safety issue.

Roads are publicly maintained, and driving and parking on them should not be restricted, except for the above reasons.

To do otherwise is giving some homeowners special privileges paid for by taxpayers. It's just wrong.


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Posted by 3rd Huddart hiker -> Bring Back Parking to Marva Oaks!
a resident of Woodside: other
on Oct 31, 2018 at 10:00 pm

Agree with 2nd Huddart hiker: driving an extra 15-20 minutes each way (30-40 minutes total) certainly restricts access to Huddart Park.

The report and resolution for No Parking is available here: Web Link

Staff Rationale for No Parking:
1) "concerns with loitering, vandalism, and trash accumulation from vehicles parked on Marva Oaks Drive".
2) "much of the street at or near the threshold for disallowing parking on both sides of the street due primarily to emergency access concerns".

I do not agree:
#1: Exaggerated? I've parked many times on Marva Oaks and never seen any loitering, vandalism, trash or any issues. The most cars I've ever see there is four, almost always hikers, runners, families. No "bad actors".

#2: The street is wider than many Woodside streets and plenty wide for emergency access.

This is basically 4 Marva Oaks homeowners asking taxpayers to make this a private road, restricting access to Huddart Park.

Bring Back Parking to Marva Oaks!


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Posted by Help
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Glens
on Nov 4, 2018 at 12:15 pm

So what’s the next step to remove the no parking rule?

No private benefits paid for by public means, that also restricts public access to parks?


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