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Coming Wednesday: Live coverage of planning commission discussion on Tahoe Forest’s new cancer center

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; A new cancer center, nursing facility and other changes planned for Tahoe Forest Hospital go before the planning commission Wednesday for a first-time review.

While the hospital district isnand#8217;t asking for a decision yet, it is seeking planning commission advice and feedback on a project that would add a 34,235-square-foot cancer center and a 3,514-square-foot skilled nursing facility, and also expand the hospitaland#8217;s central utility plant, which houses generators, chillers and sprinkler and fire pump infrastructure.

and#8220;This is preliminary planning only,and#8221; said Paige Nebeker-Thomason, director of marketing and communications for Tahoe Forest Hospital.

While some of the work is related to the Measure C-funded, state-mandated seismic retrofits required by 2013, she said exact timing hasnand#8217;t yet been decided.

and#8220;Weand#8217;re not talking timelines at this point and#8212; just bringing it to the town for planning purposes,and#8221; Nebeker-Thomason said.

Jenna Endres, associate planner with the Town of Truckee, said staff has identified a few issues to discuss Wednesday.

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and#8220;The cancer center is characterized as a lodge, which is very different than the institutional uses on either side of Donner Pass Road there,and#8221; Endres said.

The two-story cancer center, proposed to lie along Donner Pass Road between Levon and Pine avenues, is also 12 feet taller than the building limit, Endres said, which would require a variance.

and#8220;Parking is another issue and#8212; the district is proposing to park the majority in the town right-of-way on surrounding streets, and we already have complaints about lack of parking there,and#8221; Endres said.

With Wednesdayand#8217;s recommendations in hand, the hospital district will complete its plans, and eventually be back in front of the planning commission, which will be the ultimate review authority for the project, Endres said.

Wednesday’s meeting takes place at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall Administrative Center , 10183 Truckee Airport Road.