Gray’s Crossing DEIR to be presented at town council
The Truckee Town Council and the public will have a chance to hear the ideas and plans and highlights of the Gray’s Crossing (planned community-2) draft environmental impact report Thursday at the town council meeting.
Because the DEIR is only being presented for informational purposes – not for approval or denial – the public will not be able to comment. The town council will be able to question and comment, and make suggestions to the developer, East West Partners.
However, the public is allowed to submit written comment to the town, no later than 5 p.m. on Aug. 8. During the official approval process, which should start at the Truckee Planning Commission in mid-September, the plan and DEIR will be open to public comment.
East West Partners also presented the plan and DEIR at the July 9 Planning Commission meeting, which raised several questions, mostly related to ownership of the property, housing size and housing density.
The planned Gray’s Crossing area is located on both the east and west sides of State Route 89, just north of Interstate 80. The area is planned for mixed use, including single family homes, attached homes, the affordable housing Cottage area, a golf course, lodging, and retail and office space.
The PC-2 area was originally acquired by the Hopkins Family Trust in a land trade from the United States Forest Service in the late 1970s, according to Truckee Community Development Director Tony Lashbrook. Years later, in 2000, an EIR was done by the Hopkins family on the site, and was called Boca Sierra. However, they withdrew from the approval process in the final stages.
East West bought the land shortly thereafter and made several significant changes in the new DEIR. One of the most significant was East West removed 76 acres of the project, commonly known as “commercial triangle.” The area was planned for commercial use, but East West decided they did not need it.
Other significant changes are the increase from 325 to 417 acres of open space (not including the proposed golf course) and the “Cottage,” an affordable housing area.
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