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Woodside council OKs larger floor areas for main residences

The Woodside Town Council on Tuesday, Jan. 10, by a unanimous vote with two council members absent, took the first of two steps in approving an ordinance to expand the maximum allowable floor area of a main residence.

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13 people like this
Posted by William New
a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Jan 11, 2017 at 1:04 pm

Encouraging/permitting ever-larger houses throughout Woodside (with greater resource impacts) should be matched with similar encouragement/permission for ever-smaller "tiny" houses with their minimalist impact. Such small houses (<500 sq ft, more typically 120-200 sq ft) with little-if-any land grading/excavation, most likely self-sustainable with solar power/composting toilets/gray water reuse would make it possible for a younger generation (read, our adult children and grandkids) to move back to the Town where they are now priced out. Technical/bureaucratic planning approval barriers can be (and have been) defeated in Woodside with copious time and money, but these only lead to building ever-larger houses to justify the cost. Small is beautiful and affordable, and we need to start moving in that direction.


5 people like this
Posted by susan smith
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Jan 12, 2017 at 8:05 am

That was a pretty big and influential matter to vote on with 2 members of the council to be missing.


5 people like this
Posted by Dave
a resident of another community
on Jan 12, 2017 at 7:13 pm

Encouraging the ostentatious display of excessive wealth written into law.


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Posted by @Dave
a resident of another community
on Jan 12, 2017 at 8:50 pm

"Encouraging the ostentatious display of excessive wealth written into law."

That's what you get when you have a community where there's more money than common sense...


3 people like this
Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 12, 2017 at 9:53 pm

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

"That's what you get when you have a community where there's more money than common sense..."

Nope. That's what you get in any community with a bunch of wealthy entitled people.

Of course, that's only one way of looking at it. The other is, it is their property to do with as they please minus the interference of non-owners. The interesting thing being that the existing folks that pushed the envelope and got theirs are the same that are opposing those that currently wish to push the envelope. Hypocrites much?


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Heights
on Jan 13, 2017 at 8:28 am

It's worth noting that despite the headline, this does NOT allow anyone to build more total square footage on their lots. All it does is allow residents to transfer a limited amount of square footage that previously had to be in a guest cottage, pool house, barn, or other secondary structure to the main house. Personally, I think having 500 sq ft (for example) more as part of my primary residence is lower impact and less ostentatious than having a 500 sq ft pool house somewhere else on my lot.


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