Debate continues on General Plan update land zoning
Truckee residents rehashed opinions on the 11 sites being considered for land use re-designation Thursday at the General Plan update meeting, trying to fit them into one of the three land use alternatives presented by town consultants.While the designation of some sites became clearer during the workshop – one of several held during the General Plan update process – all of the site designations will be decided by the planning commission and town council Feb. 25.Consultants for the town created three land use alternatives, with each alternative reflecting some of the specific goals of the General Plan. The first alternative focused on mixed use of commercial and residential in central Truckee, while preserving outlying open space. The middle school site on Donner Pass Road and the PC-1 area near Donner Lake were proposed as mixed use, while Ponderosa Golf Course, Hirschdale mine and Airport Flats were designated as open space, in the first alternative.The second alternative focused on generating jobs and diversifying the town’s economy. PC-1, the Comstock Drive area off of the Bridge Street extension that would connect Tahoe Donner to downtown, and the old Corporation Yard site near Joerger Drive, would all have some industrial uses according to the alternative. Significant commercial development would also go on Ponderosa Golf Course and the “commercial triangle.”The last alternative looked at maximizing residential development and also preserving open space. In this option, almost all of the sites were designated for residential development at one density or another, or preserved as open space.These three alternatives were presented to the public to start thinking about what the town wanted to achieve with re-designation, but the meeting made it clear that the end result will likely be the mixing and matching of the different alternatives.The Ponderosa Golf Course and Airport Flats (the old site of the airport on the east side of town and south of Interstate 80) sparked the most controversy, with both landowners wanting to get an economic benefit out of their land and many residents opining that the land should remain open space.The Hualapai Nation owns the Airport Flats land and urged the town to allow either residential, commercial or public development of at least portions of the land. It said the site would be ideal for a college campus. The Ponderosa Golf Course owners have proposed either some commercial or some residential development on the course, while still preserving much of the course as open space.McIver Hill, just south of Interstate 80 and east of state Route 89, is being actively pursued as a community college site; however, much of the public comment suggested that the site remain as a special study area because of potential access difficulties.The public generally agreed the “commercial triangle” (land near Gray’s Crossing tentatively donated by East West Partners) should be used for a new community center.Decisions on the land use designation will come before the town council and planning commission on Feb. 25.For more information on the General Plan update go to http://www.sierrasun.com or http://www.truckee2025.org.
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