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General plan meeting set

Christina Nelson

The Town of Truckee will face some major questions this fall when it begins the update process for the town’s general plan.

The general plan is updated every five years and determines land use and development in Truckee.

Residents who want to be a part of this process should come to the first workshop meeting on Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. at town hall.

The general plan will deal with many issues, but the biggest challenge will be balancing growth and the preservation of the natural areas that make Truckee an attractive place to live and visit, said Tony Lashbrook, community development director.

The public process is intended to “retest our vision and our guiding policies to see if they’re valid or if they need to change,” he said.

“Some of the big challenges are recognizing that our economy … is based upon this natural environment,” Lashbrook said. “If we ruin it, we don’t have an economy.”

Another large portion of the economy, he said, is based upon the construction industry, which is partially dependent on growth.

“Long term, our challenge is that we have such a large portion of our community dependent on the construction industry,” Lashbrook said.

Although the town has not decided exactly how it will obtain public input beyond the scheduled workshops, the town staff has considered drafting a survey and posting a web site to poll residents.

The town also expects to conduct polls in English and Spanish.

Lashbrook said he encourages the public to get involved in the general plan update process early.

“It’s a relevant document. If it gets tucked away and forgotten in an area experiencing growth like this one – that’s problematic,” he said.


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