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Applications sought for Truckee trails committee

The deadline is approaching for applications to become a part of trails planning in Truckee.

Applications to serve on the Truckee Trails Advisory Committee are available at the planning division in Town Hall, and should be returned to the office by June 4.

“It’s key to note the applications are due by June 4,” Associate Planner Gavin Ball said. “The town council will make specific appointments to the committee at its regularly scheduled meeting June 18.”

Committee members will include representatives from town council, planning commission, Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District, U.S. Forest Service, California State Parks (Sierra District), Our Truckee River Legacy, Truckee-Donner Land Trust and each of the local homeowners’ associations. Each of those agencies will appoint a representative.

The council will appoint committee members to represent hiking, biking, equestrian and alternative transportation interests, along with five at-large committee members.

Although many parts of Truckee such as Tahoe Donner have trail systems, no comprehensive system linking different parts of town currently exists. The town recently received a grant of 200 hours of consulting time from a National Park Service expert, and has initiated the trail planning process.

Barbara Rice of the National Park Service assisted in organizing the makeup of the committee and will assist the town in the planning process.

“The committee will function as an advisory group to staff, planning commission and the town council,” Ball said. “It will formulate many policies regarding trails planning, including the types and routes of trails in Truckee.”

He stressed that the committee will serve in an advisory capacity, making recommendations to the town.

As of Tuesday, May 26, Ball said he had received no applications, although many had been sent to people who expressed interest in trail planning. The first committee meeting could be held in early July.

For information or an application, contact Ball at the Community Development Department, Planning Division, at (530)582-7876, or stop by the Town Administrative Offices.

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