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General Plan workshops begin with a marathon

Scott Hess

Lasting an hour-and-a-half longer than scheduled, the first workshop of the town’s General Plan Update turned into an endurance event.

The Oct. 30 workshop drew a crowd of approximately 75 members of the public and the scheduled topics were discussed, but Truckee Mayor Ted Owens said, “The hard stuff was easy and the easy stuff became hard.”

An example, Owens said, was the town’s revised vision statement. The statement was created through public input in phase 1, but Owens suggested that it might be too complex. “The old statement was simple,” he said. The revised one has too much information, he added.

The vision statement, along with the decision of making the General Plan a “buildout plan” or not and defining the geographic boundary of the plan, were the main topics scheduled for the workshop.

The vision statement turned out to be the most difficult issue, and the town council voted, 3-2, to keep the original statement and make minor tweaks to it, rather than using the new one, created in phase 1.

For the buildout issue, the town was looking at if there was enough land in town for residential and commercial buildout projections for the next 20 years. Town Planner Duane Hall said the town agreed there was enough space for commercial projects, but not for residential. He added the town projection is the current residential area in town could be built out by approximately 2017 or 2025.

In response to this, the town council directed the staff to look into the possibility of re-zoning some areas to residential, or requiring more density in residential projects.

“We definitely need to keep a close look on population growth and the availability of housing land while we go through the General Plan process,” Hall said.

The third issue for the workshop – the geographic boundary – was agreed upon easily, with some modifications. The town council decided the General Plan would encompass not only the Town of Truckee, but also cover to the Sierra County line, west to Donner Summit, Sugar Bowl and Boreal, south through the Martis Valley and east to the Nevada state border, Hall said.

Overall, Hall said the workshop went well, although a little long. The town council came to a consensus and gave town staff direction on both the buildout and plan area issues, and progress was made on the vision statement.

One thing that could change for the next workshops, however, is to get the public involved earlier on in the workshop. He said the town council deliberated for a long time on the vision statement, leaving the public waiting to comment. Hall mentioned the town may move the public comment before the town council deliberation in future meetings.

The next workshop is scheduled for Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall. Open space and community character will be the topics for the workshop. Hall mentioned if anybody from Truckee cannot make it to any of the workshops, they can contact the town with their comments and/or questions to be included in the workshop discussion.

For more information on the General Plan Update Process, visit http://www.sierrasun.com or http://www.truckee2025.org.By Scott Hess

Sierra Sun

Lasting an hour-and-a-half longer than scheduled, the first workshop of the town’s General Plan Update turned into an endurance event.

The Oct. 30 workshop drew a crowd of approximately 75 members of the public and the scheduled topics were discussed, but Truckee Mayor Ted Owens said, “The hard stuff was easy and the easy stuff became hard.”

An example, Owens said, was the town’s revised vision statement. The statement was created through public input in phase 1, but Owens suggested that it might be too complex. “The old statement was simple,” he said. The revised one has too much information, he added.

The vision statement, along with the decision of making the General Plan a “buildout plan” or not and defining the geographic boundary of the plan, were the main topics scheduled for the workshop.

The vision statement turned out to be the most difficult issue, and the town council voted, 3-2, to keep the original statement and make minor tweaks to it, rather than using the new one, created in phase 1.

For the buildout issue, the town was looking at if there was enough land in town for residential and commercial buildout projections for the next 20 years. Town Planner Duane Hall said the town agreed there was enough space for commercial projects, but not for residential. He added the town projection is the current residential area in town could be built out by approximately 2017 or 2025.

In response to this, the town council directed the staff to look into the possibility of re-zoning some areas to residential, or requiring more density in residential projects.

“We definitely need to keep a close look on population growth and the availability of housing land while we go through the General Plan process,” Hall said.

The third issue for the workshop – the geographic boundary – was agreed upon easily, with some modifications. The town council decided the General Plan would encompass not only the Town of Truckee, but also cover to the Sierra County line, west to Donner Summit, Sugar Bowl and Boreal, south through the Martis Valley and east to the Nevada state border, Hall said.

Overall, Hall said the workshop went well, although a little long. The town council came to a consensus and gave town staff direction on both the buildout and plan area issues, and progress was made on the vision statement.

One thing that could change for the next workshops, however, is to get the public involved earlier on in the workshop. He said the town council deliberated for a long time on the vision statement, leaving the public waiting to comment. Hall mentioned the town may move the public comment before the town council deliberation in future meetings.

The next workshop is scheduled for Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall. Open space and community character will be the topics for the workshop. Hall mentioned if anybody from Truckee cannot make it to any of the workshops, they can contact the town with their comments and/or questions to be included in the workshop discussion.

For more information on the General Plan Update Process, visit http://www.sierrasun.com or http://www.truckee2025.org.


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