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Carving Truckee building policy into stone

Greyson Howard
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Emma Garrard/Sierra SunA construction crew works on a home in Gray's Crossing last month. The first in a series of public meetings to update the town's development code is scheduled for Tuesday evening.

Truckee will start putting new policy in place next week with the kick-off of the development code update.

After four years of public participation, staff work and adoption of a new Truckee General Plan that spells out the town’s building policy, the specifics will be translated into enforceable documents known as the town’s development code.

Aiming to complete the process by April 30, the Town Council and Planning Commission will hold a joint meeting Tuesday to get things going.

“The important thing is in the general plan update; the community spent a lot of time discussing policies,” said Town Planner Duane Hall. “So, if a person was interested in participating in the general plan, they should be doubly as interested in the development code.”

According to a town press release, the first workshop scheduled for Tuesday will establish guidelines for town responsibilities, public participation, public notification, and objectives of the update process.

Areas that may see change when the codes are adopted could include open space policy, clustering of new residential developments, community character, and lighting policy, Hall said.

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“While much of the code pertains to new development, we may look at ‘should retrofits be required?'” Hall said. “For example, in adopting new lighting standards, if people are making improvements to their house, is that an opportunity to possibly change their exterior lights?”

The potential change in lighting came out of a community consensus that as part of a small-town character, the night sky should be kept as dark as possible, Hall said.

Because these changes could affect anybody, Hall said it will be important for residents to remain informed and participate in the update process.

Besides the changes necessitated by the general plan revision, the town will take the opportunity to see what parts of the development code need improvement, Hall said.