Crowded Field

June 22, 2015

There is an old expression (or there should be) that too many bulls in the field means an awful lot of bull. Here in Woodside we have too many COWmissions and COWmittees and some tend to behave like bullies.

We are not a big city with complex projects which impinge on neighborhoods, yet we have 13 of these bodies a number of them imposing their individual ideas and taste on what residents can build, plant or do on their own property.

What does the Architectural and site Review Board (ASRB) bring to the table that the Planning Commission doesn’t or …

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ZONING SUBCOWMITTEE

June 16, 2015

Last July, the COWncil formed a Zoning SubCOWmittee, consisting of Council members Mason, Romines, and Tanner. Its charge includes issues related to basements, grading, accessory structures, and total floor area. Included in these discussions is the request of the Woodside Heights neighborhood to modify the rules in the SR Zoning District to allow for larger main residences while keeping total floor area allowed constant. Also, the Subcommittee has been looking at nonconforming lots and design review procedures. These are all important issues but it cow-ncerns us that they may have bitten off more cud than they can chew.

The subCOWmittee …

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ANCIENT OAKS TRAIL EXTENSION

May 31, 2015

We want to applaud and thank the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen) and Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) for the wonderful new Ancient Oaks Trail extension at Mindego Gateway, Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve. This one-mile trail extension connects the Mindego Gateway parking lot and facilities to the very popular Russian Ridge trail system, creating a four-mile loop that includes spectacular vistas and shaded woodlands.

The Mindego Gateway, which opened last year, is located in La Honda on Alpine Road, and is about a mile west of Skyline Boulevard. The site features 20 parking spots, tiered viewing platforms, …

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