Getting reacquainted with Hilltop
The Truckee Planning Commission and the public a chance to get reacquainted with the Hilltop Master Plan on Wednesday.Terming it a mixed-use neighborhood village, the town staff and Dale Chreighton from SCO Planning & Engineering reviewed the current plans for the Hilltop development, which will sit on 57 acres located south of downtown Truckee.One major point of the presentation was the challenge of working with five different property owners within Hilltop, along with the Town of Truckee and the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission.With these property owners, everybody looks at land development differently, said Chreighton, who was representing the property owners. The town has been very instrumental in bridging that gap.The plan calls for a mixed use of 50 percent commercial, 30 percent office, and 20 percent residential space, he said.Most of the changes on the project since the last time Hilltop came in front of the Planning Commission were small, said Tom Parilo, a consulting planner for the town of Truckee, with one noticeable exception.The last version had a cul-de-sac with residential going to the top of the hill, that was eliminated, Parilo said.Local residents raised a number of questions, clarifying the plans for trails within Hilltop, trying to figure out some of the acreage figures, and worried about the traffic on Ponderosa Drive and Palisades Drive.Ann Penfield, a Truckee resident who lives near the intersection, asked if the 2004 traffic study was still realistic for that road, especially as it sees more traffic with the new development.Todd Landry, senior engineer for the Town of Truckee, said he felt the study was accurate, but said more information would be presented at the next planning commission meeting.The planning commission and town staff will look into a number of issues, including traffic, road width (possibly reducing proposed road widths from 24 feet to 20 feet in some areas), and how parks and recreation areas, including the historic ski hill, will be treated.No date has been announced at this time for further discussion on the Hilltop development.
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The Truckee Town Council has unanimously approved of a pilot program to remove snow on privately maintained paved trails in the area.