Commission recommends town revoke Betts permit
Truckee Planning Commission last week recommended that town council revoke the conditional use permit for a building owned by James Betts Enterprises on River Park Place, citing noncompliance with the terms of the permit.
Associate Planner Gavin Ball said that the main issues with the Betts building concern the driveway to the structure, which was not built in accordance with the plans approved by the town.
“Initially it was a single, centrally-located driveway, but while building the structure they realized that the fire hydrant was in the wrong location in the site plan,” Ball sid.
Ball said James Betts, the owner of the business, made an independent decision to move the location of the building.
“Subsequent to Jim telling us that he moved the building, staff approved a second design,” Ball said. “It entailed a widening of the southern driveway to a two-way ingress and egress.”
The Betts building, which is a large structure used in the manufacture of custom yachts, stirred controversy in late 1997 because of its visibility from the Truckee River corridor. The metal building was approved with extensive design changes, including a wood cornice and a wood belly band, as well as other wooden accents.
Ball said the cornice was also lacking, although a compromise was reached recently.
“They have agreed to build a wood cornice, although it is different from the original representation,” Ball said. “The planning commission consented that it be accepted.”
He said Betts is also required to submit a sign plan for the building, to be considered by the planning commission.
“They have submitted a sign plan, and staff recommended planning commission acceptance,” Ball said.
Council will consider the planning commission’s recommendation to revoke the Betts’ permit on June 15.
The 11,000-square-foot structure is located in a business park accessible from West River Street.
James Betts Enterprises employs about 30 people, and Janis Betts said in an April interview that if town pulls the permit it could close down the business.
The company constructed a racing yacht last year for a San Francisco team, America True, which competed in the America’s Cup trials but did not make to the the final competition.
Del Oro water
The planning commission also considered the water treatment plan proposed by Del Oro Water Co. at Donner Lake, and continued the matter for one more month.
“The most significant unanswered issue is the flooding potential of the treatment building,” Ball said. “The planning commission is looking for data that would show it is not in a flooding area.”
Ball said the company has provided inadequate date to the commission to make that determination.
“The commission gave them time to do it right,” he said. “The same direction was provided to them two months ago, and they provided inadequate data.”
He said it’s a difficult for the commission to take time to consider the issues, because the facility is needed at Donner Lake.
“The planning commission is struggling with need for the facility and the time crunch, with the need to review all issues, especially lacking response from Del Oro,” Ball said.
The planning commission meeting on Del Oro Water Co.’s facility was continued until June 14.
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