Change of planners
Changes on the Truckee Town Council mean an alteration of the planning commission is not far behind.Incoming council members Richard Anderson and Barbara Green will appoint two members to the five-member commission. Returning Councilman Josh Susman said he plans on retaining commissioner Nancy Richards as his appointee.Planning commission members, who make decisions on land use and recommend action to the town council on large development projects, are appointed by the town council.Commissioners Paul Leyton and Bob Jensen, appointed by Ron Florian and Ted Owens respectively, are the two commissioners set to leave their posts unless appointed by the incoming town council members. Council members can, and in some cases have, retained their predecessor’s appointment, said Town Manger Steve Wright. But Jensen will not be back. He is set to follow Owens, Nevada County Supervisor-elect, to serve on the county planning commission. Jensen, a retired contractor, is a former resident of the western part of Nevada County. He said he is familiar with the countywide issues he will be facing as part of the county commission.And Owens said he is glad Jensen is willing to continue representing Truckee. “I’m very pleased to have someone like Bob serve. He’s retired from his company and he’s serving his community,” Owens said. “And it’s another Truckee voice down the hill.” The terms of town planning commissioners technically run through the beginning of March, but if a replacement is found before then the appointees have traditionally stepped down earlier, said Wright.”The code says a planning commissioner’s term expires 90 days after a new town councilor takes their seat,” Wright said.Anderson said that he has already reviewed several qualified candidates.”I expect to have a difficult time making a choice,” said Anderson. But there are several qualifications, aside from the requisite residency and registered voter status, that he is seeking. “I would prefer to appoint someone who thinks independently and isn’t tied to a particular agenda,” Anderson said. Council members often look for applicants with a background in the issues that they will deal with the most as part of the commission – planning, architecture, construction, landscape and environmental analysis. Green said it is premature to comment on her upcoming commission appointment, but she said she will be reviewing applications soon.The incoming town council members are scheduled to be sworn in at the Dec. 2 council meeting.Check it outApplications for both planning commission vacancies can be picked up and submitted to the town clerk at Truckee Town Hall. The deadline for submitting an application is Dec. 17. Applicants must be a town resident, and a registered Truckee voter.
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