Council considers approval of resort |

Council considers approval of resort

The Truckee Town Council will consider tonight at its regularly scheduled meeting rescinding the ordinance which approves the Crystal Ranch Estates Clustered Residential Development to adopt an ordinance approving the Truckee-Sierra Resort and Spa Development located on the same site.

The project site encompasses 592 acres located on both sides of Interstate 80, west of the Prosser Village Road interchange, with the development and all improvements clustered in the southeast corner of the site south of I-80.

This is the first clustered commercial development to be considered by the council and is the first commercial project proposed in the Open Space Recreation land use designation of Truckee’s general plan.

The planning commission recently added modifications to the project, including prohibition of woodstoves in the 235 proposed cabin lodging units and an informational signage program to be established for Phases II and III to identify the eastern property line and the proximity of adjacent private property.

As such, Town Planner Duane Hall wrote in his report to town council that the planning commission and town staff strongly support the project, noting its compliance with and support of the general plan’s conservation and open space element.

The town will also consider the adoption of a resolution approving the final map of the Truckee Country Townhomes project in the Tahoe Donner Subdivision Unit 2.

The town house subdivision allows for the individual sale of seven housing units approved by the Zoning Administrator earlier this year.

The town approved a mitigated negative declaration and a planned development for the Truckee-Sierra Resort and Spa during its Dec. 9 meeting.

Additionally, the council will review the findings of the town’s claims investigator, George Hills Co., concerning the claim of Herb Helwig in the amount of $500,000.

Helwig was a bus driver for Frontier Coach Lines on Jan. 29, 1999, when he slipped on ice while boarding the bus and injured his knee.

Administrative Services Director Jill R. Olsen noted in her report to town council that after reviewing the claim and speaking with Helwig, the claims investigator recommends rejection of this claim.

Olsen also said that should the claimant choose to file suit, the town’s defense and investigation costs could be substantial but cannot be estimated at this time.

Other items to be considered:

– A resolution approving the summary vacation and abandonment of the 10-foot public utility easement between two adjacent lots owned by Orlindo Barsetti for the purpose of merging the two lots.

– Completion of the Tahoe Donner Overlay Contract.

– Completion of the Palisades Drive Traffic Signal Project, which involves increasing the budget commitment from $149,927 to $160,684.20.

The Town of Truckee regular town council meeting will be held tonight at 6 p.m. in the Truckee- Donner Public Utility District Board Room at 11570 Donner Pass Road.

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