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Commercial Row and General Plan are focus of upcoming discussions

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

Some of the Truckee area’s most pressing issues will be discussed this week at Truckee Town Hall.

Beginning on Tuesday a discussion on making permanent Truckee’s temporary ban on ground-floor office leases in the downtown commercial district will be held.

Thursday night could mark the completion of the Town of Truckee’s lengthy General Plan update.

On Oct. 26 the Truckee Town Council adopted an emergency ordinance prohibiting new non-retail, non-restaurant, and non-bar uses on Commercial Row’s street level. The interim ordinance is in effect until Dec. 9, barring further council action, and affects the north side of Donner Pass Road from Bridge Street to Spring Street.

The ordinance was adopted in response to public concern over the economic impact business offices place on the downtown area, and the perception that offices detract from commercial districts, according to Jenna Endres, town associate planner. The ordinance must be revisited in order to be extended or modified.

On Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, Truckee Town Council and town staff will accept public input from stakeholders and interested parties regarding a more permanent ordinance. The town is looking for opinions and ideas on restricting downtown office-use and on how to implement a more-permanent solution.

All information from Tuesday’s meeting will be considered by Town Council, which will vote Tuesday, Dec. 7 to extend the ordinance, to allow office uses downtown or to amend the current land use development code.

The Truckee 2025 General Plan Update is scheduled for adoption by Town Council on Thursday at 6 p.m. If approved, this meeting will end a four-year process involving town staff, town council, the Truckee Planning Commission and the public.

The General Plan, essentially a blueprint for the town’s future growth, must be updated every 10 years, according to state law. The General Plan dictates much of how the town can change and grow, providing direction on land use, community character and other planning issues.

Town council approval of the update will establish guidelines for some of the town’s up-and-coming developments, allowing them to move forward.

Upon approval, Planned Community One, at Coldstream; and Planned Community Three, at Joerger Ranch, will be able to take the next steps in their respective development plans.

While the Hilltop and Railyard projects have been following the guidelines of the Downtown Specific Plan, these projects may also be affected by the update, according to town staff.