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73 downtown townhomes approved

A proposal to build 73 townhome units between Commercial Row and the Sierra Mountain Cemetery cleared the Truckee Planning Commission Wednesday In its second time before the body.

Another proposal ” a mix of retail, commercial and housing in Glenshire ” was sent back for revision.

The developer of Stoneridge Townhomes, which was sunk by its conflicts with Sierra Mountain Cemetery at a previous commission meeting, made changes that garnered the approval of the commission. The project owner agreed to have an archaeologist or assistant on the property while crews excavate the soil to make way for the buildings.

Truckee Cemetery District board members were concerned human remains may be buried in the earth under the property and that they could be destroyed by grading and earth moving.

Stoneridge will also be separated from the cemetery by a eight-foot-high stone wall and an iron fence in order to block access and noise to the cemetery.

In exchange for reduced lot size and setbacks in the development, the project applicant will make 11 of the 73 units affordable for lower income households. These units will be offered for sale at affordable prices for households making 80 percent of the county’s median income or lower.

The proximity of the townhomes to downtown Truckee, which will allow residents to walk to the commercial core, was an attractive feature of the project, said Town Planner Duane Hall.

“We’ve got a residential project that is within walking distance to downtown and that is what we have been trying to encourage,” said Hall.

Knight’s Crossing

Meanwhile, a proposal for more than 36,000 square feet of commercial development and 18 residential units in Glenshire was sent back to the owner for revision after nearby residents criticized the project’s scale, architecture and environmental impacts.

Knight’s Crossing ” intended to add a restaurant, larger store and gym and 18 residential units to the neighborhood ” will head back to the drawing board for changes that may allow it to pass the commission on its second attempt.

Glenshire Devonshire Homeowner’s Association General Manager Geoff Stephen said the association does not oppose the land’s development, it just wants the plan to reflect more of the suggestions of neighboring homeowners.

“We believe the property should be developed and we know it is going to be developed,” said Stephens. But the “architecture needs work” and “the density is too much,” he added.

Stephens said the current general store is “the most used service” in Glenshire and the construction of a larger store and restaurant could be a welcome addition.

But neighbors have also asked the project to leave a larger buffer between buildings and the small creek that runs by the property.

The main thing, Stephens said, is that Knight’s Crossing fits in well with what is already built in Glenshire.

“It just needs to be more compatible to exist with existing neighborhood,” Stephens said.

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