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Development abounds in Truckee

Staff reports

Recently, Community Development Director Tony Lashbrook prepared a status report for the Town Council on some of the larger development projects planned or being considered for Truckee. Lashbrook also included some of the important planning and review decisions that must be made over the next 18 months.

According to the planning department, what those projects are, their status and what they will consist of includes:

— Planned Community 1 – The land owned by Teichert Aggregates is located near the mouth of Coldstream Canyon and extends to the east near the end of Deerfield Drive. It is one of three Planned Communities (PC) identified in the Truckee General Plan.

Although no formal applications have been submitted for the approximately 90-acre parcel that includes several large ponds, the owners are reportedly developing plans for submission to the town. Those plans will likely include some mixed-commercial space and residential units along with proposed High Sierra Crossing Museum. The museum would be within PC 1 but would be part of Donner Memorial State Park.

— Planned Community 2 – East West Partners have developed and submitted revised plans for the approximately 700-acre property that is located off State Route 89, north of Interstate 80.

Initial plans include approximately 500 homes, including a 130 affordable or employee housing units. The development would also include a golf course.

Commercial space has been reduced from 175,000 to 45,000 square feet of retail office space.

East West’s other resort development is Old Greenwood.

After receiving approval by the Town Council on June 20, that project is currently being challenged via a petition for a referendum and a lawsuit.

— Planned Community 3 – This project has temporarily been put on hold since the completion of the early public review process.

PC-3 is around a 65-acre parcel bordered by the Highway 267 Bypass, the airport and Highway 267 on the south.

Extensive commercial development has been proposed for the parcel, including several hundred thousand square feet of various light industrial businesses, a supermarket, a gas station and retail outlets. The plans are reported to include a 40,000 square foot Raley’s store.

According to the planning department, the team is also developing a more specific proposal on how to address the Truckee General Plan requirement that the impact on housing from the project be mitigated. The next steps include the Town Council’s approval of contracts for the required economic analysis and the preparation of an environmental impact report.

— Hilltop Master Plan – First initiated over a year ago, the master plan stalled after the early public involvement period. Up to six different property owners have land in the 30-acre master plan area, most of which lies behind the Cottonwood Restaurant and extends east to Palisades Drive. Disagreements over how to proceed and what the plan should include have reportedly stalled the process.

Still, the planning department reported that the formal processing of an application might soon begin.

— McIver Hill Master Plan – After an initial flurry of activity, which culminated in a series of workshops last fall, this project has been put on hold. At least two different proposals were brought forward.

Two scenarios were proposed for the development, with varying amounts of office, commercial and residential space.

The first assumed the presence of a Sierra College satellite campus and up to 184,400 square feet of office space with 362 residential units.

The second proposal included less office and retail space and replaces it with up to 736 residential units in the form of single and multi-family dwellings, townhouses and lofts.

Both plans include a 200-room hotel, a spa and health club with 50 rooms and an additional 38,900 square feet of office and retail space.

But the plans far exceed what was designated for McIver Hill, deemed a ” special study area” in Truckee’s General Plan. The general plan allows for 50 housing units and 87,000 square feet of commercial/institutional uses.

Thus, the project would require the first developer-initiated amendment to the general plan.

— Mill site / Rail yard grant applications – With the help of the Sierra Business Council and the California Center for Land Recycling, the Town of Truckee recently submitted a grant and loan application for $500,000 to complete detailed planning for the old Louisiana Pacific millsite just east of downtown Truckee.

Lashbrook said he expected the application process for the grant money to be extremely competitive.

— Teichert Aggregates five-year review and expansion proposal – The Teichert gravel quarry and asphalt plant, located south of Glenshire Drive, is currently going in the process of its required five year review. The review was part of the quarry’s original approval from the county.

On July 10, planning commission discussed the permit’s possible renewal before continuing the hearing until their August 14 meeting. The commission was hoping to gather additional information bout dust and noise.

Teichert has also submitted a separate application for permission to expand its mining operations, including excavating deeper than what the current permit allows.

— Truckee General Plan update – Town officials expect to schedule a joint planning commission/ Town Council workshop in late August.

According to Lashbrook, the purpose of the meeting will be to discuss options and general expectations regarding the process.

Once the town hires a consulting firm, the process should start in earnest by the end of September.

The general plan is the guiding document for land use and development within Truckee.

— Comments on the Martis Valley Community Plan –

According to the planning department, participation in the Martis Valley Community Plan has been a team effort with the planning and engineering departments both submitting comments and monitoring the planning process.

The plan is an update of the 1975 Martis Valley General Plan and will guide development in the Placer County portion of the Martis Valley.

While that portion of the valley is outside of the town’s jurisdiction, officials can prepare formal comments on the plan and its environmental impact report.

Recently, town staff and the council have focused on preparing comments for the environmental impact report.

According to a report to the council, staff’s comments will focus “on environmental issues that directly impact the Truckee community and that will affect the quality of life in the Truckee region.

Staff identified three areas in particular – air quality, traffic and housing.

— Other development activity – In addition to the above major projects, ccording to the planning department, there are over 60 other smaller development applications currently being processed.

All projects are listed in the planning log on the Town of Truckee web site.


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