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Barsell proposal OKed by planners

Erich Sommer, Sierra Sun

On a 5-0 vote last Thursday, the Town of Truckee Planning Commission forwarded their recommendation to the Town Council for approval of two developments on parcels steeped in litigation.

The property, owned by the Barsell family under Peoria Sunnyside LLC., has been planned for development since the mid-1980s. Plans were mired in litigation over what form that development should take until a settlement between property owners and the town was reached last year.

The land is located on 11- and 2-acre parcels east of downtown on the southwest corner of the Highway 267 and Interstate 80 intersection.

On the larger parcel, Peoria Sunnyside LLC, is proposing to build a three-story, 120-room Marriott Residence Inn with 2,500 square feet of conference space. The hotel would also have a pool, spa and 120-car parking lot.

Six other buildings, for restaurants, office and retail space, have already been approved. On the adjacent two-acre site, just south of the commercial development and sandwiched between East Jibboom Street and State Route 267, Shore Capital is proposing a 31-unit town home project.

The 13.45 acres has been considered for development numerous times in the last half century. In 1997, the property owner filed suit for unfair zoning regulations, arguing that the land resolution unfairly precluded development opportunities and degraded the value of the property. A settlement was reached last year. According to town officials, if the Council approves the projects, the development permits and the development agreements, the town will have done everything outlined in the settlement agreement. The planning commission also recommended approval of development agreements for both projects. The development agreements, contracts between the town and developers over planning policies and design standards, are part of the settlement agreement.

The recommendations will go to the Council at their next meeting on Thursday, Oct.18.