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East West unveils development proposal tonight

In what is likely the first of several large development proposals to come before the town in the next year, East West’s Old Greenwood development will be the focus of a public workshop tonight at Town Hall at 6 p.m.

The project is currently under review by the town and is tentatively scheduled to go before the planning commission on June 12.

East West’s other development, Gray’s Station (proposed on what was formerly known as PC-2), along PC-3 and McIver Hill, are also in different stages of the planning pipeline, with public reviews and decisions by the town on those projects expected over the next year.

With the acquisition of the 871-acre Old Greenwood parcel in April 2001, East West, who had already acquired PC-2, became the single largest landowner in the town of Truckee.

The Old Greenwood parcel was previously under the ownership of Ken Hoffman and Robert Schwartz. Their original development, dubbed Featherstone, was approved for 232 timeshare units, tennis courts and a swimming pool.

East West has made significant changes to that plan, most notably in the type of units and the addition of an 18-hole golf course.

The new development proposes 154 timeshare units, 104 single family lots, 20 townhouse lots and 28-unit employee housing complex.

The proposal also includes a pro shop, a driving range, a 50,000-square foot lodge and a 17,000-square foot fitness center.

Old Greenwood will be the largest project, both in the number of units and in the physical size, that has come before the town since incorporation in 1993.

The parcel is designated by the general plan as Open Space Recreational, which was designed to minimize suburban sprawl and protect wildlife corridors and open space. Any development on the parcel is required to have 90 percent open space. Golf courses are, however, considered open space.

“The two big issues are, one, the golf course as part of the open space and two, the zoning district,” said Town of Truckee Associate Planner Duane Hall. “That area requires that any development maintain 90 percent of the land as open space. They want to reduce the open space to around 83 percent, but they are offering some incentives to the town.”

Hall said East West has offered to donate up to 260 acres north of Interstate 80 to the town and is willing to construct trails through their property and maintain those trails for some period of time.

East West’s other development proposal, Gray’s Station, is on the adjacent and previously controversial PC-2 parcel, which was acquired from the Hopkins family in the fall 2000.

Gray’s Station calls for approximately 600 homes and a golf course within a resort community.

East West as said the two projects, coupled with their Coyote Moon golf course and Northstar, will significantly enhance the towns stance in the tourist industry, and will enable them to market all of these properties as a complete vacation package.

The golf course is one of five proposed in the Truckee area. In addition to the two by East West, there are three more courses proposed in resort developments in the Martis Valley.

In order for the golf course to be considered open space, Hall said staff recommends that the construction of it maximizes the amount of undisturbed land and minimizes the grading and the number of trees removed for the course.

“We want to ensure that open space is genuine open space. Golf courses, if they are built correctly, can be open space,” Hall said.

If approved by the planning commission in June, the town council will decide on the project as early as July.

Copies of the environmental impact report are available from the planning department.

Comments on the report for Old Greenwood are due by April 22.

Call 582-7820 for more information.

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