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General plan update moves ahead with public outreach

Christina Nelson

Almost four months after the first public workshop, a consulting group – with credentials that emphasize public involvement – was selected to lead Truckee’s general plan update process.

“We’re very concerned with finding effective ways to involve people in community processes,” said David Early, a consultant with Design, Community and Environment of Berkeley.

“I think Truckee is one of the most interesting areas to be doing planning work in the state,” said Erin Banks, a consultant with the group.

The group has won national award for its efforts to involve members of the public in various planning processes. The company is finishing up several general plan updates around the state.

Although their work on the Davis, Calif. general plan took 10 years – “one of the war stories” – Early said the first phase of Truckee’s plan should take about a year to complete.

Truckee’s original general plan – a document that guides land use and planning over the next couple of decades – was adopted in 1996. It only projected to the year 2014. This plan should look ahead to 2025.

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During the first phase of planning, surveys will be passed out and mailed to residents, interviews will be conducted and meetings will be held, so the Truckee planning staff and the consultants will get a good idea of how people envision their community.

The group will look at existing conditions in the town – such as traffic, open space, housing, economic trends and key sites and planning areas.

“Our decision in phase one was there should be no public filter for the input process,” Community Development Director Tony Lashbrook said.

As part of the general plan update, Planner Duane Hall introduced a housing study that will evaluate available affordable housing and land available for the development of affordable housing.

Hall said he hopes phase one will be complete in August or September so phase two can begin in the fall.

For more information of Truckee’s general plan update process, visit http://www.truckee2025.org.