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April 7, 2016

You’ve got a Question? Redwood City has the Answer.

Q: I couldn’t attend the Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday. Was a decision made regarding beekeeping on Redwood City residences?

A: At its Tuesday meeting, the Planning Commission heard staff recommendations regarding resident beekeeping in Redwood City. After a robust discussion, the Planning Commission accepted staff’s recommendations and will forward them to City Council for decision in May (tentatively scheduled May 23, 2016).

Planning Commission recommends:

To reduce minimum setbacks for beehives from 150 ft. to 25 ft. from adjacent dwellings. Amendments also include limiting number of hives to two on properties of 3,000 sq. ft. or less and clarifying nuisance language.

For additional details read the staff report here.

Q: I saw that further modifications were made to the Farm Hill Blvd. Pilot Project this week. What are next steps on the pilot project?

A: On January 25, 2016, the City Council approved the continuation of the pilot program until September 2016. The City Council also approved various modifications to the design that were implemented the week of April 4th. Read more about these changes here.

The Complete Streets Advisory Committee will help facilitate the community input process and hold at least one public meeting after data collection in the fall. Council will also review the pilot project results and hold a public meeting before deciding whether to make the pilot changes permanent, return them to the previous design, or make different changes.

Q: I heard that there’s going to be a STEM Festival in Redwood City. When is it?

A: Redwood City is excited to host the 2016 San Mateo County STEM Festival on Saturday, April 16 from 11 a.m. — 4 p.m. in Courthouse Square! All ages are welcome at this free event, which features several hands-on demonstrations in booths including:

  • Robots
  • Airplane and Bridge Design
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • 3D and Laser Printing
  • Virtual Reality
  • Circuits
  • Green Material
  • Port Activities
  • Optical Illusions
  • Static Electricity
  • Magnets
  • Speakers/Demos on Trees, Robots, Future Cities, Math Uses and More

Come check it out and learn more here: http://www.stemfestival2016.com/

Q: Are any upcoming meetings addressing the issue of Affordable Housing, and how can I participate?

A: The City Council meeting next Monday, April 11, will feature a discussion about affordable housing options and potential plans to create more. No Council action will be taken at the meeting, but next steps will be determined for a future Council meeting.

There are several other upcoming opportunities to join the conversation on this topic as well, such as Housing and Human Concerns Committee meetings on May 24 and June 28. Learn more: http://redwoodcity.org/residents/join-the-conversation