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Airport plan ready for land use commission

David Bunker

A plane idles on the tarmac of the Truckee Tahoe Airport earlier this year. A meeting to discuss the future operations of the airport is being held Wednesday. Photo by Josh Miller/Sierra Sun

A preliminary plan for the future of Truckee Tahoe Airport and subsequent development outside its boundaries will be discussed by area officials on Wednesday.The Foothill Airport Land Use Commission is scheduled to accept the draft airport Land Use Compatibility Plan and will discuss what type of environmental review is necessary for it at today’s 2 p.m. meeting at Truckee Town Hall.

If the draft plan is accepted at the meeting, it will then undergo a public review period before coming back to the commission for final approval. The timeline of the compatibility plan’s (CLUP) adoption will hinge on the depth of environmental review that is required for the document. The commission will also discuss safety and noise boundary realignments that could lessen the compatibility plan’s effect on surrounding land use plans.The compatibility plan’s purpose is to ensure that development near the airport is safe and compatible with current and future airport operations. The current draft is an update of the 1986 plan.

In additions to the draft, airport consultants have proposed alterations that will allow the Alder Creek Middle School to expand, allow flexibility in developing the railyard site east of downtown and move the Tahoe Forest Hospital out of a restrictive zone designation.Land donated by East West Partners and identified in Truckee’s General Plan update as a potential community center is the only site not recommended for exemption from CLUP restrictions. That site’s status is open for discussion by the commission.

Check it outFoothill Airport Land Use Commission meeting2 p.m. Truckee Town Hall