Gregory Creek development in Truckee back for review
TRUCKEE After about a year-and-a-half of study, the Gregory Creek development proposed for Donner Lake is back for public review.The 32-acre project sits at the north-west corner of Donner Pass Road and Donner Lake Road, with Gregory Creek flowing through the property from Negro Canyon above down to Donner Lake. The project would include 31 homes and a trail connection to the Donner Lake Rim Trail.Along with the new trail access, the project proposes to preserve about 75 percent of the property as open space, and to fix Gregory Creek, which sometimes jumps its banks and creates flooding issues down stream.I think the big issue is the flooding that has occurred over the years, and what this project can do to mitigate that, said Mark Simpson, project owner.That means a 4-foot tall berm along a 75- to 100-foot section of creek so it doesnt spill over and flood downstream properties, like in the 1997 flood, Simpson said at a neighborhood meeting Tuesday.The Gregory Creek fix would not only be good for the development, said Denyelle Nishimori, associate planner for the town, but could reduce sediment running off into Donner Lake, reduce flooding on other peoples properties, and correct problems that have stopped other development on Donner Pass Road.Were looking at this project as good for the community, Nishimori said. Its [fixing the creek] something we know needs to be done, but we dont have the money to do it ourselves.A potential issue with the project is the tree removal necessary to build the road and homes, Nishimori said, which could affect the view and noise.One project neighbor, Mark Ansari, said he was worried that the tree removal could mean more Interstate 80 noise making its way down to Donner Lake.Ive been there for 12-plus years and noticed a difference in sound due to the clearing of trees, Ansari said.Ansari and other neighbors at Tuesdays meeting were generally in favor of the project, with few reservations.The housing included with the project, which would be clustered closer to the lake, includes single homes, duplexes, and a four- or five-plex affordable housing building, Nishimori said.With the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Report, those interested have until June 22 to submit comments to Nishimori at firstname.lastname@example.org on the Gregory Creek development.The Planning Commission will take their first pass at the project and environmental review on June 10, she said, and then would be back for a decision in August at the earliest.
To see the Gregory Creek Subdivision Draft Environmental Impact Report, go to http://www.townoftruckee.com/index.aspx?page=21andamp;recordid=119andamp;returnURL=%2Findex.aspx
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