Concerned residents turn out for mammoth meeting on proposed development |

Concerned residents turn out for mammoth meeting on proposed development

Seizing possibly the last opportunity to express opinions on the proposed Gray’s Crossing development, Truckee residents filled the council chambers to voice support and concern over the proposal, and hear a presentation by the developer on Tuesday night.

Community Development Director Tony Lashbrook reviewed the history of the land, and East West Partners representatives presented their plan for the land, after which the floor was opened to public comment. The council didn’t vote on the plan.

Church groups, workforce housing advocates, contractors, environmental groups, and opinionated citizens filed to the podium to voice glowing support, or denounce the inclusion of a private golf course in the project.

The meeting lasted for five hours, and the extent of the public input made it impossible for the council to begin deliberations, or take any action on the proposal. However, the council did ask for additional information which will be provided by staff at the January 13, special meeting when the proposal will again be taken up.

Statistics on what revenue and economic impact the loss of approximately 120,000 square feet of commerial space that could be developed on the land, but is not in the proposal, will be presented to the council in the January meeting. The golf course will likely be another major discussion point as council members asked about environmental impact and water consumption of the course.

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