There was a whole lot of info and misinformation shared just lately about Measure A. Within the easiest phrases, Measure A unlocks potential. It creates a zoning exemption that may enable the proprietor of the “Canada Corners” property to debate the prospect of extra parking (wanted to make out of doors eating everlasting) and makes doable an choice to discover a small neighborhood gathering space on the town-owned property adjoining to City Corridor. Neither of those potentialities are assured by the passing of Measure A. Each choices will likely be heard individually by the suitable city boards and committees in public conferences the place everybody may have an opportunity to make their opinions identified all through the method.
Measure A isn’t a case of “paving over paradise.” The world beneath dialogue at “Canada Corners” would enable for extra parking areas, hardly the “2.2-acre” paving bandied about by some sources. Any enhancements would come with updates and extensions to the present path infrastructure and can be made in accordance with the city’s present tips and guidelines. Any and all improvement can be paid for by the proprietor of the property, not the city or the residents of Woodside.
Measure A helps our native companies and permits us to proceed having fun with our beautiful Woodside with out of doors eating. With out the zoning exemptions offered by Measure A, and the chance it brings to create some extra parking, the out of doors eating we have now all been having fun with at The Village Bakery and Buck’s (in present parking areas) will come to an finish as early as Dec. 31. The exemption to the conditional use allow patron/parking area rule was put in place to assist our native companies in the course of the pandemic, however finally the skin eating areas will revert to parking with out the zoning exemption that Measure A creates.
A lot angst has been attributable to the thought of a small neighborhood gathering space close to City Corridor. And whereas we might imagine it is an thrilling concept, we’ll merely repeat that Measure A solely places this selection on the desk for dialogue. Measure A by no means ensures that enhancements to this space will make it by way of the prolonged public design and planning overview course of. It’s doable to help Measure A and never be in favor of an amphitheater. Measure A solely creates chance.
Measure A unlocks what was locked up by Measure J in 1988 (handed 52.8% to 47.2%). Measure J took away the flexibility to debate how each personal property (at Canada Corners) and public property (subsequent to City Corridor) might be used to satisfy the needs and desires of the neighborhood; wants which have grow to be extra advanced during the last 33 years. (Who may have foreseen our present pandemic and the following want and subsequent enthusiasm for out of doors eating?) Measure J restricts the usage of properties inside and adjoining to the City Heart and requires that any adjustments be topic to a vote of the residents of Woodside. Why Measure A? As a result of Measure J and the evolving wants of our neighborhood demand it.