Council drops idea for development moratorium
The Truckee Town Council has backed off an idea of imposing a moratorium on major development proposals before the update of the town’s general plan.
The council will still require that the General Plan is complete before the largest of Truckee’s upcoming development proposals come to a decision, but a moratorium, which could slow down two “planned communities” even longer, was nixed.
The target of the moratorium discussion were Planned Community One, a residential and commercial development being planned for Cold Stream Canyon, and Planned Community Three, an industrial, commercial and residential development proposal for land near the intersection of Brockway Road and Highway 267.
A 45-day initial moratorium could have been followed by an extension if council members could find that the projects threatened the health or welfare of the community.
But comments by the developers and the public overwhelmingly favored barring the developments from proceeding by taking a less severe approach to the issue.
“A moratorium is a sledge hammer,” said Jim Porter, who represents Teichert, the prospective developers of Planned Community One.
Porter said that Teichert had decided to wait until the General Plan is updated to come forward with their proposal, but said a moratorium would keep Planned Community One from going ahead with initial environmental assessments until the General Plan gets final adoption.
On behalf of Teichert, Porter asked for a policy that would allow a “dual track” where preliminary Planned Community One review could take place while final technical details of the General Plan Update are being completed.
“Acknowledge the obvious,” said Porter. “(Planned Community One) is not an immediate threat to the general health or welfare.”
Representatives of the Joerger Family, the owners of Planned Community Three, noted that delaying their project could affect the affordability and number of residential units planned for the project.
“If there is a critical affordable housing shortage then we have 288 units in play,” said John Renwick, a member of the Joerger family.
The council will consider directing staff to focus their time on the general plan before spending time on processing large development applications at a future meeting.
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