The General Plan is a long-range, comprehensive general planning guide to the future development of the Town of Woodside and any land outside its boundaries which have bearing to its planning. It describes the desired character and quality of the community.
The General Plan is intended to inform public dialog and provide guidance to Town officials as an embodiment of the hopes, values, and aspirations of the community. It is based upon a vision of the Town's future that identifies and integrates the goals of residents, business owners, and public officials, and provides a comprehensive statement for guiding the management of the natural and built environment.
Planning has played an important role in the history of Woodside. The citizens of Woodside voted to incorporate a new town in 1956, largely so they could do their own planning, maintain the rural, residential character of the community, and preserve its natural beauty and tranquility.
The 2012 General Plan Update, which included three years of engaged dialog and committed interaction between the community and public officials, has once again confirmed the community's desire to uphold the guiding principles first articulated in the Town's 1958 Master Plan. These principles aim to preserve, maintain, and enhance Woodside as a small and unique, rural town.
There are 13 sections that can be viewed or downloaded. This can also be downloaded from the Town of Woodside website.
Several sections of interest to the current debate over Measure A:
The General Plan is based on ten guiding principles that will protect and enhance the natural beauty and rural lifestyle of the Town. The General Plan elements directly support and implement these principles:
1. COMMUNITY CHARACTER
The Woodside Community is dedicated to preserving, enhancing, and restoring the Town's character as a rural, scenic, and historic community.
7. COMMERCIAL SERVICES
The Woodside Community desires commercial services and facilities which meet the frequently recurring needs of the residents.
LIST OF GOALS AND POLICIES
LAND USE AND COMMUNITY DESIGN ELEMENT
Goal LU1: Preserve and enhance Woodside as a scenic, rural residential community
The goal of the Land Use Element is to:
7. Limit commercial uses to services and facilities which meet the day-to-day needs of residents.
Policy LU1.4 - Emphasize residential land uses consistent with rural environment
Policy LU1.6 - Emphasize commercial land uses which serve the day-to-day needs of the residents
POLICY LU1.6 - EMPHASIZE COMMERCIAL LAND USES WHICH SERVE THE DAY-TO-DAY NEEDS OF THE RESIDENTS
Each commercial establishment should be on a site which is adequate to accommodate all buildings, landscaping, storage for waste disposal, on-site truck loading, and off-road parking, except where joint use arrangements are authorized to substitute for on-site facilities. Intensity of use of a site should be limited to that which is compatible with adjoining uses and in keeping with the rural character of Woodside. Uses should not generate traffic in excess of the capacity of the circulation system. Buildings should be of moderate size and scale, and designed and constructed of materials compatible with the residential scale and rural character of the community.
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