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Gray’s Crossing development to be debated

Scott Hess

A major project could be close to approval for the Town of Truckee.

Gray’s Crossing is encompassed in the town’s planned community-2 area and will be heard at a special planning commission meeting Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall.

The project applicant – East West Partners – has already presented the plan and draft environmental impact report to both the planning commission and town council. Those meetings, however, were purely informational.

“We don’t typically do that (hold informational presentations), but we wanted to be proactive and hash out the issues,” said Heidi Scoble, Truckee Associate Planner.

In the Sept. 30 meeting, the planning commission will hear a presentation of the final EIR and specific plan, and will have the opportunity to recommend approval to the town council.

“It’s a regular public hearing, but on a special date,” said Scoble. She added this is not uncommon with larger projects, and said the hearing “is going to take a long time.”

Gray’s Crossing is proposed on 757 acres just north of Interstate 80, straddling state Route 89. East West is proposing 410 single family residential lots, 57 “cottage” (affordable housing) lots, 48 attached housing units, 21 live/work lofts and 54 employee/affordable units.

Also proposed is the “Village,” the commercial component of the mixed-use area. The Village would include office and retail space, a 120-room lodging building, a golf course and clubhouse and a church. East West has also left approximately 417 acres of the PC-2 area untouched as open space, which does not include the golf course.

Scoble said she could not speak for the general public, but said it was going to be exciting to see this project come to fruition. “There are pros and cons to every development,” she said. One of the best pros, according to Scoble: there would be a large trails system that would connect to downtown.

One con, she added, could be, “People are used to seeing an open field, now they will be seeing development.”

“It’s an exciting project, but it’s definitely going to be a big change. Whether that’s good or bad, I don’t know,” Scoble said.

The FEIR is available now and can be reviewed at Town Hall. Public comment will be accepted up to the town council meeting, when it arrives there, but Scoble said the earlier the comments make it to the town, the sooner the applicant can respond to the comments.

For more information on the Gray’s Crossing, visit http://www.grayscrossing.com or http://www.townoftruckee.com.


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