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Woodside: Glens residents resist the 'nonconforming' label

Original post made on Nov 13, 2018

For some people, being labeled a nonconformist is a badge of honor. Homeowners in the Glens in Woodside are tired of being labeled as not conforming to the town's spacious open-space requirements meant for much larger properties.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, November 12, 2018, 9:31 AM

Comments (3)

Posted by Fire trap
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Nov 13, 2018 at 8:14 pm

The Glens is a fire trap. Narrow streets barely wide enough to accommodate a fire truck, homes without garages so cars are parked on the narrow roadways. High density, overgrown vegetation ready to fuel an out of control fire. Glen residents are on their own when the wildland fire ultimately visits. The fire department isn't going to go in there risking personnel and equipment. It will simply burn. One main exit out of the subdivision of 200 homes and a secondary emergency escape route that won't lead to safety.

And what will the policy of Woodside be after the disaster? Let people rebuild on the same substandard nonconforming lots with even bigger homes?

Posted by New roads needed now
a resident of Woodside: Kings Mountain/Skyline
on Nov 16, 2018 at 3:42 am

Much of Woodside is a fire trap with single access and exit roads to join the main arteries that will surely be clogged with traffic in a fire emergency.

More exit roads are sorely needed to avoid a disaster and certain tragedy.

Posted by Need new roads 2
a resident of Woodside: other
on Nov 16, 2018 at 3:50 am

To the points argued by the residents, they are spot on. The glens and other "non-conforming" lots are held to unreasonable standards by the planning rules, and have to incur 10s of thousands in extra costs, if not more, to have simple changes done in a neighborhood chock-full of similar properties.

It's outrageous and needs to change to reflect reality.

And the area needs more entry / exit points for fire safety reasons.

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