Gray’s Crossing goes to planners tonight
After a five-hour hearing that only progressed through the public comment section, the Truckee Planning Commission will voice its opinions about Gray’s Crossing tonight at 6 p.m. at Truckee Town Hall.
Already making its way through two workshops and the first hearing on Sept. 30, the proposed Gray’s Crossing (planned community-2) might be closer to receiving town approval – but it probably won’t be approved at today’s meeting, say town staff.
“We’re planning on one more meeting (after this one),” said Tony Lashbrook, town community development director. “Hopefully, we’ll be getting direction from this one.”
However, the planning commission does have the option to either approve or deny the project at tonight’s meeting, rather than continuing the project to yet another hearing.
While there has been hours of deliberation between the developer (East West Partners), the town and the public, there are still questions to be answered, and town officials say they would rather spend the extra time finding the correct (or best) solutions.
“We want to get it done right, not done quickly,” Lashbrook said.
In the last hearing, everyone from residents and environmentalists to developers and architects spoke about the plan; most were either critical or supportive of the proposed development.
The result of the hearing was a list of questions and issues that needed clarification. Between hearings, Truckee town staff has attempted to come up with some answers.
There are many issues that have been brought up throughout the process. Specifically, the planning commission will be looking at affordable housing, trails and trail access, a golf course, open space, amenities within the development, traffic issues, the possibility of Mello Roos or a community facilities district and environmental effects.
Also, SWA group D a landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm D will present Mountain Area Preservation Foundation’s alternative plan, which would eliminate the golf course and cluster the residences more tightly.
Lashbrook mentioned public comment will be allowed at the meeting, but only for issues that have not been raised yet.
Gray’s Crossing is a 757-acre development proposed for the town’s PC-2 area D north of Interstate 80, on both sides of state Route 89. As proposed, the plan would include a variety of housing, including the “Cottage” (an area with affordable homes), a golf course and a retail and commercial center with a grocery store and a gas station.
While the number of residences has not been officially established, it is most likely East West will receive approval for a “density bonus.” This would increase the maximum number of residences D detached and attached homes D allowed for the area to 725.
Should the project be approved by the planning commission, Lashbrook said the town would set up a special hearing with the town council, the same way the planning commission has heard the plan. The hearing would have to be at least 30 days after the planning commission decision.
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