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Calvary Chapel submits church plans

ANNE GROGAN, Sierra Sun

The Calvary Chapel of Truckee has submitted a conditional use permit application to the Nevada County Planning Department proposing construction of a church facility about four miles north of Truckee on Klondike Flat Road.

“This has been a dream of ours for quite some time,” Pastor Brian Larson said.

Calvary Chapel, a non-denominational church with a congregation of about 600, was founded by Larson in Truckee in 1981 and for 18 years has operated without its own church facility.

Meeting each Sunday at the Tahoe-Truckee High School, the congregation and Larson together began formulating plans for a church facility nearly 15 years ago.

Shortly thereafter, the 126-acre parcel near Hobart Mills was purchased and plans for the facility were drafted.

Twice in previous years Calvary Chapel attempted to submit a conditional use permit application for the planned facility but neither application was accepted as complete by the county.

In November 1999, however, the county accepted the third application submitted by Calvary Chapel and the application has now been submitted for review to all agencies mandated by law, County Planner Karry Przepiorski said.

The congregation and its pastor are optimistic about the outcome of the application process.

“I really think it’s going to fly this time,” Larson said.

The proposed plans include a 16,000-square foot sanctuary building, a 24,500-square foot multi-purpose/fellowship hall/Sunday school building, a 1,950-square foot bus garage and an outdoor amphitheater.


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