Council paves way for affordability on Alder Drive |

Council paves way for affordability on Alder Drive

David Bunker

The Truckee Town Council took a step towards chipping away at the town’s affordable housing deficit on Tuesday.

After more than two months of lobbying for a change in land use on 9.5 acres of land off of Alder Drive, the Workforce Housing Association of Truckee Tahoe (WHATT) got the council’s backing to change the land’s designation to allow an affordable housing project on the site.

“We think that this is a really great opportunity for the community to work together to build much-needed housing for the local community,” said Rachelle Pellisier, WHATT executive director .

The land could represent much more than 9.5 acres of housing for the area’s workforce. The site may become the catalyst for the formation of a regional affordable housing group or housing authority that would focus energy and funding on solving a growing affordable housing problem, Pellisier said.During the General Plan update, the town noted that a well-funded regional housing group or housing authority is needed. Whether WHATT grows to fill that need, or another group is formed, will likely play out as plans for the Alder Drive site develop, Pellisier said.