Conditional use permit granted for retail/storage facility |

Conditional use permit granted for retail/storage facility

The Truckee Planning Commission last week approved a conditional use permit allowing Donald Smith, owner of Tahoe Truckee Supply Inc., to construct and operate a plumbing material supply retail and storage facility.

According to Associate Planner Duane Hall, the building will be approximately 7,700 square feet, along with an 8,000-square-foot outdoor work and storage area. The total project is about two acres and will be constructed about one-quarter mile west of Highway 89 on the north side of Sha Neva Road.

Smith also gained approval to divide a 15-acre remainder, owned by 89-80 Properties Inc., into a two-acre parcel for the project with a 13-acre remainder, Hall said, adding that the proposed location is in the highway commercial zoning district which permits businesses of this sort.

A realignment of Sha Neva Road has occurred, providing access from the project site to Highway 89, Hall said. This part of the road currently serves the Coachland Mobile Home Park. Improvements include a two-lane industrial street, driveway improvements for the park and USFS Ranger Station.

“The project will not create significant traffic impacts,” Hall said. “The road has sufficient capacity to accommodate the project traffic.”

In addition, no adverse visual or aesthetic impacts will result with the building of the new facility, Hall said. Dense pine trees will screen the building and storage area, which is 800 feet from Highway 89 to its users, he said.

“The project will not be substantially visible from Interstate 80 and Highway 89 with the most visible portion of the project building designed with architectural features consistent with commercial retail and office buildings,” Hall said. “Further extensive landscaping will be required along the southern and eastern edges of the project site to visually screen it.”

A mitigated negative declaration was also adopted to lesson the environmental impacts the project may have on the area, Hall said.

Hall said the staff approved that the site was in accordance with the general plan’s designation of the area as “commercial.”

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