‘Green’ light for Town Council
Barbara Green’s intentions of staying involved in her community after a four-year stint on the Nevada County Board of Supervisors will include a run for Truckee Town Council.Green announced her candidacy to more than 50 supporters Sunday afternoon at the Cottonwood Restaurant. Two four-year council seats will be up for grabs in November as well as a two-year term left vacant by Councilman Ted Owens, who ran unopposed for Green’s seat on the board of supervisors. Green said she will seek a four-year term that could run about $20,000 in campaign costs.”This next town council is going to be making some important decisions for Truckee,” Green said, adding that she wants residents to ask themselves what their “view for Truckee is in the next 20 years.”
Along with Owens’ soon-to-be vacant seat, the terms of Mayor Josh Susman and Councilman Ron Florian are ending. Florian has announced he will run again in November, but Susman is undecided.Richard Anderson, editor and publisher of California Fly Fisher magazine, has announced that he will run for Owens’ abbreviated term.Green, a licensed Realtor, said her main goal is to preserve Truckee’s “rustic” character in the face of increasing growth. Green said she hasn’t made any real estate deals in four years and that her profession doesn’t mean she is willing to give developers free reign.”The escalating land values we are seeing now are because of our character,” she said. “The development we approve must be consistent with Truckee’s small-town character.”
The proposed Hilltop at Truckee development was one Green pointed out specifically as being wrong for the town. She said the height of some of the buildings was too great, making her wonder how the proposal made it so far through the planning process to begin with.In general, however, Green said the town is doing a good job when it comes to planning. But she said she would rather see the process be weighted more equally between residents and developers. Green said she would propose a process that would involve residents in the early stages of developments in their neighborhoods.”It’s an easier way for neighbors to get a development they like and it’s probably cheaper for the developer” because it reduces costly plan changes, she said.
Other main issues Green pointed out included affordable housing, fire prevention programs, and a plan to protect Martis Valley, which is in Placer County.”Several hundred people who live in Truckee and call it home don’t actually live in Truckee and can’t vote for their own town council,” Green said. “They live in Placer County. I want to continue working on moving that county line if those folks want it. I call it making Truckee whole.”