Casting for Council: Anderson to run for Ted Owens’ seat |

Casting for Council: Anderson to run for Ted Owens’ seat

Photo by Josh Miller/Sierra Sun Richard Anderson, speaking to a group of about 50 people, announces his candidacy for a seat on the Town Council on Wednesday afternoon at the Dragonfly restaurant in downtown Truckee.

Richard Anderson, editor and publisher of California Fly Fisher magazine, announced Wednesday he will run for Ted Owens’ Truckee Town Council seat.

The seat will open when Owens moves on to the Nevada County Board of Supervisors in December. Anderson, a former land use planner who has local experience in water resource conservation, made his announcement in front of a gathering of about 50 friends and supporters at Dragonfly restaurant in downtown Truckee. He serves on the board of directors for the Truckee River Watershed Council and is a past board member of the California Wildlife Foundation.

With the town still facing major planning decisions, Anderson said he hopes to be part of a council that continues the balancing act between growth pressures and environmental concerns when considering development proposals.

“As an angler and someone who lives in the Sierra, I also understand the natural resource amenities that brought us here,” said Anderson. “And I see those as important to protect as Truckee grows.”

Anderson made it clear that he is not anti-growth, but said he hopes to reasonably manage growth to ensure the positive development of the town.

“Truckee is going to grow. Where we are and what we are is going to bring people to Truckee,” he said. “It is important to guide that growth so that the impacts are minimized and the benefits are maximized.”

Affordable housing and the protection of water quality are two issues that Anderson sees as important to consider in each planning decision. As a member of two committees exploring open space and development impact fees – and being heavily involved in the Martis Valley Community Plan, Anderson said that his participation in major town issues has kept him up to speed on what is happening in Truckee.

Anderson joins a field of two for three council seats. Ron Florian announced he will seek a third term on the council. Outgoing Nevada County Supervisor Barbara Green and Mayor Josh Susman are also contemplating a run for the three available council seats.

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