Almanac

News - November 2, 2011

Woodside: Comment period now on for revised general plan

The character of Woodside and the ongoing effort to maintain it is coming to a milestone soon with the 2012 update to the town's general plan, a voluminous document that is available at the town's website at woodsidetown.org.

A public comment period for the revised plan expires Thursday, Nov. 17. A public hearing is set for the Dec. 12 Town Council meeting, with adoption of the plan set for Jan. 10.

Go to woodsidetown.org for details.

The updated plan, according to an earlier staff report, will be reorganized and made more readable, and include a full color set of maps that cover: zoning and land use; sewer assessment; neighborhoods at risk of flood, seismic and fire hazards; roads and trails; open spaces and scenic corridors; and fresh water resources.

The plan will also consider changing the municipal code to allow "a limited number" of small bed-and-breakfast places in the commercial district.

For bicyclists, the plan will include a goal to add bike lanes on Alameda De Las Pulgas, Portola Road, and Woodside Road, and bike paths in and around the Glens and Canada College, Tripp Road to Kings Mountain Road, between Edgewood Park and Huddart Park and Skyline Boulevard.

Pedestrian improvements will also be a goal, particularly for the walkways to and from Woodside Elementary School, the Woodside Church, and the main fire station.

The plan expects a net growth in residential dwellings of 161 between 2012 and 2035, increasing the population by about 440.

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