Downtown update: Streetscape plan looks at future of Truckee
Rounding up many compliments from the public, the passage of the Downtown Road Re-alignment and Streetscape Corridor Plan may also bring an assessment district to Truckee’s historic downtown.
The plan – developed over the last year with substantial public input – set up guidelines for downtown streets, sidewalks, bike paths and parking to create continuity in the downtown core. Right now, the streetscape plan is only a plan, and may be implemented in the future depending on available funds and public demand.
“If we as a town wanted to fund a street project or a sidewalk project, this would be our blueprint,” said Dan Wilkins, Truckee public works director.
Because of the cost of implementing the entire plan at once, many of the projects will probably be implemented piecemeal.
The Truckee Downtown Merchants Association supported the plan at the Jan. 16 town council meeting, but hoped the town would implement the full plan as soon as possible.
Association representative Elizabeth Carmel said the group has been working on forming an assessment district, which would incorporate the entire study area, to fund all the projects at once.
“We now have accurate data to know how much money is needed,” Carmel said of the plan.
She said the association will probably be approaching town officials in the next couple of months to begin paperwork for an assessment district.
The streetscape plan studied streets, sidewalks and bike paths along West River Street, Commercial Row, Jibboom Street – from Brickelltown to the corner of Church Street and Donner Pass Road.
The area studied includes businesses and residential areas.
“This is the first stop toward the greatest opportunity we have to improve the downtown,” said Mayor Ted Owens.
Other area property owners praised the streetscape plan as well.
“The SBC sees this as an investment in the community and an investment in the future,” said Darin Dinsmore of the Sierra Business Council.