Hilltop plan gets mixed reception
August 11, 2005
The Hilltop plan got a lot of criticism, some praise and couple pointers from residents and planning commissioners reviewing the development proposed for the hill overlooking downtown on Wednesday night.Comments from the meeting will be passed on to the Truckee Town Council, which will review the project on Sept. 15. The Hilltop developers will then take the comments from the two meetings and decide whether to revise their plan one final time before submitting it to the town for a decision.
Neighboring residents, however, criticized the plan’s density, traffic and inclusion of an additional 27 acres not envisioned as part of Hilltop in the town’s overall plan for downtown. But others said that the project had come a long way from previous iterations. Almost everyone at the meeting agreed that the Hilltop plan needs some more work.”Your plans are getting better, but they are still too dense,” said Ron Mills, who owns a home near Hilltop.The commission criticized the fragmentation of uses – largely a product of a requirement by the town that all five property owners work together to come up with one cohesive plan for the Hilltop area.
“I thought that we were getting a neighborhood or a village, but it looks like just segregated uses,” said Commissioner Nancy Richards.The commission also agreed that the 27 acres on the southern side of the project, which is proposed to be folded into the master plan area, should not be included in Hilltop. Two houses were approved by the planning commission last year on that parcel as part of another subdivision. The current Hilltop plan shows 19 homes on the 27 acres.
The commission suggested that the developers look into providing more lodging on the property. They also asked that the developers clarify how much of the 65,000 square feet of development labeled commercial space will actually be residential development, in an area that is proposed to be a mixture of residential and commercial uses.Despite the many criticisms of the plan, the commission said that the four years of revisions to the plan are steadily producing a better product.”I think it is heading in the right direction,” Commissioner Bob Johnston said.