Commission approves Winter Creek project |

Commission approves Winter Creek project

The Planning Commission unanimously adopted the Mitigated Negative Declaration for Winter Creek, and approved the plan for the subdivision of 147 single-family homes and 20 condominiums off of Brockway Road.

The project, located on land between the 7-11 store and Clarke Chiropractic, still must get approvals of the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Board, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Town’s engineering staff, concerning an access that crosses a wetland area.

The developers will be required to replace or restore disturbed wetland habitat at a ratio of one and a half acres for each acre disturbed. The commission also required the project to include bike lanes and bike trails along Brockway Road, as set out in the Town’s Trails and Bikeways Master Plan.

Citizens had voiced concern over the safety of the development’s access from Palisades Drive, which they noted is on a curve and downslope that becomes icy in winter. However, a traffic study and the plan for a left-hand turn lane, calmed concerns that the access was inherently dangerous.

The commission also decided to reduce site coverage to 50 percent, which would subtract driveway area from the proposal, but not affect housing. They also accepted recommendations to limit one building elevation type to 35 percent of the total units (to guarantee variety in the project), and limit home size to 2,406 square feet.

The commission’s approval of the project will be the final decision of the town, unless the project is appealed.

The deadline for an appeal of the project is Dec. 22 at 5 p.m.

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