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Betts’ building debated

ANNE GROGAN, Sierra Sun

Truckee’s Planning Commission will consider a recommendation Wednesday to revoke a 1997 conditional use permit issued to James and Janis Betts for their boat manufacturing business on River Park Place.

Building plans for the James Betts Enterprises structure were originally approved in November 1997, but were subsequently appealed by the Mountain Area Preservation Foundation.

“It’s an important building because it sits in the river corridor,” MAPF President Stefanie Olivieri said.

Collaboration between James Betts Enterprises, town staff and MAPF produced amended project plans which were approved during the December 1997, appeal hearing.

The amended plans required wooden cornice detail and other wooden accents to create a more appealing design on the 11,000 square-foot building, Community Development Director Tony Lashbrook said.

“The basic issue is trying to get the project built as approved,” he said. “The goal here is not to revoke the permit but to get compliance.”

At issue, Lashbrook said, is that the parking lot and access were not constructed in accordance with the approved plans, the wooden cornice and wooden belly band required as part of the amended project plans were never constructed and signs were installed without permits.

“It does have a belly band,” Janis Betts said. “He’s mistaken. The sign is down, the belly band is up. So these are no longer issues.”

Janis said the project was originally approved with two driveways and a sign was installed but has since been removed.

“If they revoke our permit they could shut our business down, and our tenants’,” Janis said. “That’s about 30 families. All because of a piece of wood trim and an approved driveway.”

MAPF has continued to follow the project, Olivieri said, and asked the town to insist that the project be completed as agreed.

“If our design criteria is going to mean anything, it has to be enforced,” Olivieri said. “The design criteria is what MAPF is primarily concerned with.”

In other business, the Planning Commission will delay until May 10 consideration of the Del Oro Water Company’s application to construct a water treatment facility to service Donner Lake residents.

The Town of Truckee Planning Commission will meet this month on Wednesday, April 12 at 6 p.m. in the Truckee-Donner Public Utility District board room at 11570 Donner Pass Road.


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