November 27, 2016

Calling all COWs!! There is a real opportunity to make a big difference. There are two vacancies on the Architectural and Site Review Board (ASRB). The ASRB reviews residential applications for community character, site planning, building design, and landscape elements; reviews applications for non-residential development. It makes recommendations to the Planning Director or Planning Commission regarding approval or disapproval, and suggests modifications or imposes conditions.

The ASRB, more so than most other Boards and COWmittees, has enormous influence on what you can do with your property in Woodside. It has long been very problematic. It creates an unreasonable delays …

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November 16, 2016

In anticipation of the likely success of Proposition 64 to legalize recreational marijuana, on October 25th the COWncil adopted an urgency interim ordinance. It prohibits any commercial or industrial use involving marijuana, including but not limited to manufacture, processing, laboratory testing, labeling, storing, wholesale distribution, and retail as well as all outdoor cultivation of marijuana.
Indoor cultivation of marijuana is limited to residential districts, is limited to six (6) plants per residence, and must be entirely for the personal use of a resident of the residence who is twenty-one (21) years of age or older. This type of ordinance is …

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November 10, 2016

The role of the Woodside Open Space COWmittee is to “advise and assist the Town Council, Planning Commission and staff in implementing the policies and goals of the Open Space and Conservation elements of the General Plan, specifically with respect to acquisition and maintenance of conservation easements and open space preservation.” Their goal is to enhance the open space system and the preservation and restoration of wildlife habitat. The COWmittee also makes recommendations on the acquisition and maintenance of open space and conservation easements typically requesting these from COWs who have applied to do construction on their own land. The …

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