Deerfield developments eyed |

Deerfield developments eyed

Residents on Deerfield Drive may see new neighbors in the near future – up to 300 of them – if The Boulders Condominiums and Deerfield Village pass requirements by the Town of Truckee and meet resident concerns.

On Jan. 10 the Town of Truckee Planning Commission voted to continue the public hearing process over plans for The Boulders Condominiums, a 180-unit project directly behind the Crossroads Center.

The Planning Commission and area residents raised several issues in the initial public hearing, such as the density of the units and distance from Deerfield Drive. The applicants submitted changes to the town last week, which the Planning Commission will review in its meeting Feb. 14.

The applicant proposed restricting the sale price of 32 units to make the dwellings more attractive to low and moderate income buyers. The units will be interspersed throughout the remaining 148 units, which will be sold at market price.

Based on figures provided by the developers, a two-bedroom restricted-price Boulders Condominiums unit would cost around $180,000, approximately $40,000 below the market price.

On the opposite side of Deerfield Drive, Deerfield Village, a 160-unit affordable housing project proposed by Cascade Housing Association, has been placed on hold.

Hall said Deerfield Village involves land-use decisions which could change General Plan policy.

The applicants filed the original plan with the Town of Truckee last summer. They proposed a General Plan amendment that would change the zoning from commercial to high-density residential.

Hall said they have also proposed residential access to the east, a decision that contradicts design by town planners.

The Planning Commission made a push last year to move affordable housing projects throughout town after hearing complaints from property owners along Highway 267. The effort makes striking a balance between encouraging affordable housing and allowing the structures to be built without violating General Plan policy a challenge for the town.

“The applicants believe they have a good site that benefits the Town of Truckee and that (it) justifies amendments to the General Plan,” Hall said.

Community concern has been quiet on the Deerfield Village so far.

But because the plan is still in its early stages, the Planning Commission has yet to schedule public hearings.

Hall said there are several residents who are very concerned with both projects.

“I’m not as concerned about the traffic as I am about the need for housing,” said Bob Stone, owner of Stone’s Tire, which is directly across from The Boulders Condominiums site. “But if all the folks are going to work at the same time this (traffic) light is going to be a little tough.”

For more information contact the Community Development Department at 582-7700.

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