Gray’s Crossing moves closer to approval
East West Partners’ proposed Gray’s Crossing development is very close to approval – probably.
The project (deemed Planned Community-2 by the town) will most likely be approved by the Truckee Planning Commission this Tuesday at a 6 p.m. special hearing at Town Hall. However, there is no telling if the project will be approved quickly or be stalled if and when it arrives at the council.
Although the first phase isn’t scheduled until next spring, the planning commission has already used one informational meeting, two hearings and more than 10 hours to arrive at what looks to be the final hearing at that level.
“The expectation is [the planning commission] will complete their review and pass on a recommendation to the town council,” said Tony Lashbrook, Truckee’s Community Development Director.
While many issues have been discussed, the planning commission has sent over recommendations, which the town council may or may not agree with. In addition, the 757-acre project – Truckee’s largest since incorporating – has drawn hours of public comment, both for and against the development.
The hot topic lately during the public comment portion of the hearings has been the inclusion or exclusion of an 18-hole golf course. While the developer has said it attracts buyers and complies with the town’s “destination resort” development designation from the PC-2 requirements, opponents have said Truckee doesn’t need another golf course – especially a private one.
Public comment for the planning commission hearing has closed as of the last hearing, but Lashbrook said community members will be allowed to comment at the town council level.
An alternative for a private golf course would be to make East West’s Old Greenwood course private and make the Gray’s Crossing course public. East West Project Manager Rick McConn and partner Roger Lessman said they would look into it.
The other big topics – open space, affordable housing, clustering of homes, trails and a development agreement – were more or less agreed upon by the planning commission at its Oct. 15 meeting.
Should the meeting go as planned, and the project receives planning commission approval, the town council will decide a special hearing date at its 6 p.m. Nov. 6 meeting. A hearing would be scheduled at least one month after the planning commission hearing.
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