Del Oro facility and affordable housing to be discussed |

Del Oro facility and affordable housing to be discussed

An 80-unit affordable housing project, a 46-unit motel and a 5,600 square-foot water treatment facility will be the subject of a public hearing to be held Wednesday, March 8 at 6 p.m. before the Town of Truckee Planning Commission.

The Sierra Village Apartment Homes project proposes three two-story buildings with 16 units each and four two-story buildings with eight units each which, combined, will total 95,200 square feet.

Of the 80 proposed units, 64 will be restricted to households of very low income. Households of very low income gross 50 percent or less of the area’s median income.

The remaining 16 units will have no rental restrictions and will rent at the fair market rate.

The project site is located on the southwest side of Highway 267 just southeast of Martis Valley Road.

The second project, Alpen Hostel, also planned for the Highway 267 corridor, proposes to construct four buildings with a combined floor space of 19,482 square feet.

Two two-story buildings of 5,400 square feet housing 16-units each, one 7,182 square-foot three-story building housing 14 units and a common area and one two-story building of 1,500 square feet which would house the office and manager’s unit comprise the project plans.

The applicants, Jeff and Patricia Baird, are requesting to rent 30 percent of the units, 14 rooms, for more than than 30 days and up to 4 months.

The Town of Truckee receives no transiency occupancy tax on units rented for more than than 30 days.

The project site is located on the southwest side of Highway 267 about one-half mile east of Palisades Drive.

A similar project was approved for this site in 1979 at which time rough grading and drainage, building foundations, sewer mains, laterals and manholes, and the construction of temporary electrical service were installed.

The project was abandoned in 1984 and remains unfinished. The applicants intend to utilize the existing foundations for the Alpen Hostel project.

Public comment is also welcome on the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Del Oro Water Company water system improvement project.

The expansive project involves the use of eight different parcels in the Donner Lake area.

The primary site is located on the southernmost portion of an undeveloped 29-acre parcel on the northwest end of Donner Lake.

A 5,600 square-foot water treatment building, two 125,000-gallon water storage tanks, one 44,000-gallon above-ground backwash tank, a driveway, drainage facilities and landscaping are proposed for this site.

This facility would connect to the overall system through two lines which the project proposes to install through the south-abutting parcel which fronts Donner Pass Road and is owned by Donner Lake Village Resort.

The project also proposes the installation of an in-lake pump and intake structure and the directly related 12-inch transmission pipeline within the parking area of the Donner Lake Village Resort.

Modifications to the Greenpoint and Wolfe water tanks is also a proposed element of this project, as is replacement of the existing Southside 210,000-gallon water tank with a 500,000-gallon tank.

The Del Oro Water Company purchased the Donner Lake Water Company in 1993. Prior to this purchase, the Donner Lake Water Company was cited by the state health department for non-compliance with state water regulations.

The citation mandated upgrades to the water company’s system.

The Del Oro Water Company’s proposed project would bring the system into compliance with state regulations but must be completed by the end of this year, as mandated by the State Department of Health Services.

Wednesday’s public hearing will be held in the Truckee-Donner Public Utility District board room on Donner Pass Road.

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