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College, town agree on campus plan

David Bunker
Sierra Sun

Sierra College and the Town of Truckee have come to an agreement over the planning process for a new Truckee campus on McIver Hill.

The college district will be exempt from the traditional town planning process, but agreed to comply with the municipality’s design and architecture guidelines unless compliance is infeasible, according to the agreement.

In February the college and the town did not see eye to eye on how the planning process should unfold. The town asserted that the college district had to comply with the town’s planning laws and procedures. The college said it was exempt from Truckee guidelines.

The agreement allows the college to begin building the campus in the coming construction season, while assuring the height and design of the campus conforms to Truckee standards.

“The two areas we are most interested in looking at … are the access point … and the focus of the grading and tree removal,” said Truckee Town Manager Tony Lashbrook.

The road into the campus is expected to branch off of Highway 89 south just north of Donner Creek, according to college officials.

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Sierra College representatives said they saw no obvious areas where the campus plans conflicted with town requirements.

“I look forward to the day when we are all at the ribbon-cutting of our new Truckee campus,” said interim Sierra College President Morgan Lynn.

The Truckee Donner Land Trust negotiated a conservation easement on the proposed Tahoe Truckee Sierra College Campus atop McIver Hill, which along with preserving portions of the hill as open space, has height requirements for buildings on the parcel.

That agreement will help assure the campus fits in with the community’s vision for the campus, said Sara Taddo, land conservation director for the land trust.

“We’re confident the conservation easement will uphold the qualities of the site,” Taddo said.