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Group files appeal of housing plan

ANNE GROGAN, Sierra Sun

The Sierra Meadows homeowners association Monday appealed approval of the Sierra Village Apartment Homes, a 72-unit affordable housing project located adjacent to the Sierra Meadows subdivision.

“We’re not necessarily opposed to the project because it is affordable housing,” association manager Richard Gardner of Sierra Mountain Management said. “We are opposed due to the impacts it will have on the residents of Sierra Meadows.”

The Tahoe-Sierra Meadows Community Association submitted its request for an appeal to the Town of Truckee based upon six articles of approval:

— The TSMCA disagreed with article 13 of the Initial Study/Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration stating that the increase in traffic due to the project will be less than significant when mitigation measures are incorporated. The association also said that the project will result in traffic exceeding a level of service standard established by the Truckee general plan.

— The TSMCA also stated that it was appealing on the basis of the traffic study’s approval. The traffic study was cursory and incomplete, the appeal request said.

— Approval of the Conditional Use Permit is also contested in the TMSCA appeal request, which states that preserving the 30-foot setback requirement is an important mitigation measure when considering a multi-family project adjacent to a single-family neighborhood.

— Another approved variance with which the association disagrees is the reduction in parking spaces to two per unit. The request for appeal states that the provision of two parking spaces per unit does not allow for guest parking and could lead to parking on surrounding streets or in the driveway, potentially obstructing traffic.

— The appellants state that increased traffic due to the project will create a public health and safety threat and that the proposed mitigation measure, a right-turn lane from Martis Valley Road onto Highway 267, is not sufficient to alleviate the threat. In addition to the proposed right-turn lane, the appellants request a traffic signal at Martis Valley Road and 267, and a left-turn lane from Martis Valley Road into the project driveway.

— The homeowners association also requests an appeal of approval based upon the document State Findings for

Disapproving an Affordable Housing Project or Imposing Conditions, which states that an agency may disapprove an affordable housing project if approval would result in a high concentration of affordable housing units within the same neighborhood. The association’s appeal document states:

“The Highway 267 corridor, identified as a planning area and therefore a neighborhood by definition, already has a disproportionate concentration of low-income housing.”

The Sierra Village Apartment Homes project proposes seven two-story buildings comprising 85,600 square feet.

The project will include a 2,000 square-foot office/community building, eight two-bedroom units, 56 three-bedroom units and eight four-bedroom units. Of these, 15 units will rent at the market rate, two will rent to households whose income falls at 60 percent of the Nevada County median income and the remaining 21 units will rent to households with income at 50 percent the county median. The Nevada County median income is $46,600.

An appeal hearing for the Sierra Village apartment Homes is scheduled for Thursday April 6, at 6 p.m. in the Truckee-Donner Public Utility District boardroom on Donner Pass Road.


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