General Plan, part 2: Town looks to the public
The Town of Truckee is taking a somewhat different approach for the second phase of its General Plan Update.
While phase 1 was mostly informal workshops, town planner Duane Hall said the phase 2 workshops – six total – will still be in workshop format. However, near the end, the town council will formally make recommendations and give direction to town staff.
This way, Hall said, people from the public will be able to see results right away. Throughout phase 1, members of the town council and planning commission did not attend all the workshops, and decisions were made months later at a regular town council meeting.
“We’re kind of excited, keeping this process going,” Hall said.
The three workshops for phase 2 are already scheduled, and the first one is Thursday. The workshops will all be held on a Thursdays, from 6-9 p.m. at Truckee Town Hall, approximately one month apart from each other.
Also, each meeting will have focused topics. In the first workshop, the public and the town will discuss the revised vision statement, which came out of phase 1, discussion of whether or not to make the general plan a “buildout” plan and defining the geographic boundary of the plan.
The plan area issue, Hall said, is an interesting one. While the General Plan is concerned mainly with Truckee, it can address surrounding areas like the Martis Valley, the Truckee Tahoe Airport (which is just outside the Town of Truckee) and other neighboring areas.
“Whatever they do there (in neighboring areas) affects us,” Hall said.
Truckee town staff realized a need for an update, as the 1996 General Plan was quickly put together after the town was incorporated in 1993.
“Issues have changed,” Hall said, “mainly the increase in growth, affordable housing and open space.”
He added that the 1996 General Plan did not have to be completely redone, because most of the basics have stayed the same – it just needs a few tweaks here and there. He said the town is using the original plan as a foundation, but some of the structure will be changed.
The refurbished General Plan should last until 2025, according to the town.
Hall said the phase 1 workshops saw approximately 10-120 people per workshop. In order to get more attendance, the town is trying to reach more people with mailings to both permanent residents as well as second-home owners. The town will also try to keep the General Plan Update Web site updated, and have a link for people in the community to comment, if they missed a workshop.
He mentioned that, if community members know they won’t be able to attend a workshop, they can either e-mail, send or call in comments to Town Hall.
Truckee Town Hall is located at 10183 Truckee Airport Road. Comments can be submitted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling Duane Hall at 582-7700, or sending them via mail to Truckee Town Hall.
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