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Draft airport land use plan comments due by June 15

The commission overseeing the Truckee Tahoe Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan update will end public comment on the preliminary draft on June 15, giving the group time to formulate the official draft before their July 7 meeting in Truckee.

The official daft will likely be up for adoption at the July 7 meeting, Foothill Area Land Use Commissioner Peter Van Zant said. If it is adopted on July 7, the plan will undergo another public review period before coming up for final approval.

“On July 7, we are tasking ourselves with hearing a draft for the whole commission to make a decision,” said Van Zant.

According to the regulations of the Brown Act, the state law on open meetings, the commission will have to release a draft for the public at least 72 hours before the meeting if it were to be on the agenda for adoption.

The compatibility plan, often referred to as the CLUP, is designed to ensure the compatibility of surrounding land-use and airport operations. The current plan was adopted in 1986. While agencies and individuals hotly dispute the details of the proposed update, everyone agrees that an update is overdue.

Seven public agencies have criticized the administrative draft that they say will restrict their ability to provide basic services to the Truckee and North Tahoe region.

The commission has fulfilled its legal mandate for public meetings, and agencies potentially effected by the restrictions of the plan will be meeting with the planning consultant to go back over technical data. The planning consultant will then report to a committee composed of two members of the commission, who will prepare the official CLUP draft for the July 7 meeting.

But Van Zant assured the public that the public agencies will not be conferring directly with the committee or the commission, they will simply be going over technical issues with Airport Planner Ken Brody.

“Its not legal nor fair for the ad-hoc committee to be receiving public comment from agencies when the public is not allowed to comment,” Van Zant said.

Commission members, who have been overwhelmed with public comment at previous meetings, said they need time to incorporate the public’s input into the draft plan.

“We had to decide on a cutoff date so that we could formulate the draft,” said Van Zant.

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