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Council agenda includes Downtown Specific Plan

DAN FOSCALINA

For those of you who can’t get enough town politics, Truckee’s town council has two meetings scheduled today, beginning at 3 p.m.

Councilmembers will convene in special session first at 3 p.m., when they are scheduled to deliberate on the Downtown Specific Plan for about two hours. Town staff has asked for council direction on DSP changes and zoning standards to be included in the final document.

Time permitting, councilmembers will also hear several staff reports including options for the council taking a Measure M position, a proposed Highway 40 bronze eagle monument, the selection process for replacing Councilman Steve Carpenter and appointment of vice mayor.

During the Sept. 18 regular council meeting, Carpenter announced he will resign his seat Oct. 3 in order to cope with the demands of his growing real estate business.

Council applications

Town officials will accept applications from anyone interested in the position until Tuesday, Oct. 14. People are invited to submit written applications at town offices in the Truckee-Donner Public Utility District building or mail them to Town Clerk, 11570 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96160. As of Oct. 1, town hall had received one application for the vacant seat – Mark Dorsey.

The process for appointing Carpenter’s successor will be decided tonight.

As Carpenter is also the acting vice mayor, councilmembers face appointing a replacement to that position until Carpenter’s term expires in 1998.

In addition, town staff has identified three options for councilmembers regarding Measure M – the initiative to amend Truckee’s general plan. Councilmembers can: express personal opinions, identify specific points and direct staff to prepare a resolution in support of or opposition to the measure or take no action.

Councilmembers will also consider asking Caltrans to transfer an eagle monument once used to mark Old Highway 40 at the stateline to a prominent area in downtown Truckee. Mayor Bob Drake said if Caltrans brings the monument – a bronze statue of an eagle with a 7-foot wingspan feeding its young in a nest – to Truckee, it would exemplify where downtown Truckee is heading.

“The thought was to put this up as part of our history with the original plaques from the stateline,” Drake said. “It is an example of what we want the downtown to look like.”

If time does not allow for the all the staff reports, they will be continued to the regular town council meeting at 6 p.m.

Highlighting the regular meeting at 6 p.m. is a public hearing on Crystal Ranch Estates, a clustered housing development located on both sides of Interstate 80 west of the Prosser Village Road interchange. The project is the first clustered residential development coming before the town, and the first project proposed in an open space land use designation.

“Consequently, it is the first test of the general plan’s clustering and open space policies as they are applied to an actual project,” Senior Planner Duane Hall said in his staff report.

Other council priorities include:

— Authorizing a standard form tax collection services contract with Nevada County

— Designate $500 for Truckee Library opinion poll


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