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Guest opinion: Yes on Woodside's Measure A

Original post made on Oct 18, 2021

In a guest opinion, the Woodside residents behind Measure A, Peter Bailey and Alex Tauber, write about their support of the initiative and the background behind it.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, October 16, 2021, 10:46 AM

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Posted by Grant H
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Oct 18, 2021 at 12:13 pm

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Measure A does far more damage to Woodside's municipal code than simply changing a few sentences in Zoning Ordinance Section 153.113. The Town Center Plan and Woodside's General Plan outline major taboos within the commercial district. Measure A's passage would invite a major affront to those legal documents which would also need to be changed to conform to the adopted municipal code amendment proposed in Measure A.

It's true that Measure A's proposed amendment to the municipal code does not grant carte blanche expansion of the commercial district. Even the two parcels proposed for further development (expanded parking at Canada Corners so there can be outdoor dining day and night, and an amphitheater next to Independence Hall for public gatherings) will need to go through the customary planning, design, public input and permitting process. The Town Center and General Plan documents specifically state that no further improvement within the Town Center shall 1.) increase traffic, 2.) increase vehicle ingress/egress from parking lots along Woodside Road, 3.) generate additional noise, odor, smoke or fumes, 4.) increase intensity of outdoor lighting, 5.) encourage additional non-resident use of Woodside's business district, 6.) increase the use of vehicles in the Town Center, 7.) add large expanses of asphalt parking.(Web Link and (Web Link

Please vote "NO" on Measure A to preserve the very nature of Woodside today, gifted to us by residents over thirty years ago with Measure J. Woodside residents are entrusted to pass this unchanged community along to future generations without the spoils of unnecessary commercial expansion in the Town Center. We don't need another chaotic Alice's/Skylonda weekend destination in downtown Woodside.

Posted by awatkins
a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Oct 18, 2021 at 12:22 pm

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The first and most fundamental misinformation about Measure A is right in front of us in this very article.

FACT: Measure A simply literally rezones two parcels in the Town center. The text of it is in your voters pamphlet.

The misinformation is that the rezoning will "allow the owner discuss " and "makes possible an option to explore". When has a rezoning ever "permitted" or "allowed" discussion or exploration? This is where the misinformation began.

Posted by awatkins
a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Oct 18, 2021 at 12:55 pm

awatkins is a registered user.

Sorry, one more thing. Take a look at the photograph that leads this article and ask yourself "Why would anyone want to turn that land into a parking lot?"

The article says 'Measure A is not a case of "paving over paradise." '

Sure looks like it to me.

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