Incorporated in 1956, the town of Woodside as adopted the 1958 General Plan’s stated purpose to “maintain Woodside as a rural residential community”. Comprised of 11 square miles covering the rolling woodlands east of 280, a rural valley of oaks and grasslands, and redwood forest of the western coastal range. Approximately 2,000 existing homes with large lots ranging from 1 to 5 acres make Woodside properties the ideal place to consider adding an accessory dwelling.
Accessory dwellings in Woodside require approval by the Planning Department and are covered under the Residential Design Guideline and in Section 153.049 in the Municipal Code.
A number of considerations come into play when designing and planning your accessory dwelling project in Woodside. Namely Woodside’s goal to preserve their rural and historic heritage, the equestrian lifestyle, and emphasis on blending projects into the natural terrain and setting.
However some specific information regarding Lot Area and Building Limitations and should be considered. It should be noted that the area of all accessory buildings be considered in calculating building coverage. Additionally the maximum height of any accessory building
shall be limited to one story and shall not exceed 11 feet from the exterior grade to the highest ceiling plate height and shall not exceed 17 feet from the exterior grade to the highest point on the structure. More details can be found here.