Donner Cabins project appealed

Scott Hess

Citing environmental concerns mostly related to the surround wetland area, George DeLong and the Brady family, who are neighbors to the Donner Cabins Subdivision, have appealed the planning commission’s approval of the project.

In the June 11 Town of Truckee Planning Commission meeting, neighbors of the proposed Donner Cabins project spoke out against the project. Most said that they did not necessarily have a problem with it, but thought it should be modified.

The appeal takes the project back to the town, in the July 3 Truckee Town Council meeting. The council’s decision will be final and cannot be appealed.

Local planning consultant and M.C. Taylor Construction representative Gavin Ball said of the appeal, “It’s a part of the bureaucratic process.” He added that they are always somewhat worried with an appeal, but he feels “comfortable and confident” the project will be passed.

Ball said he and Taylor Construction tried to be careful in the design stages to adhere to Truckee’s General Plan guidelines.

The neighbors said they believed the property lines M.C. Taylor Construction had drawn were encroaching on the wetlands. Also, they felt the area was too small for the number of residences planned.

Despite the controversy at the planning commission meeting, the project was approved unanimously by the three commissioners present.

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