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Hilltop plan set for one last workshop

David Bunker

After one more public workshop, the Hilltop master plan is set to move into the decision-making process before the end of this year.The next meeting on the 53 acres overlooking downtown will probably be in late September or early October. The master plan, which will likely go forward without a full environmental report, could be before the Truckee Planning Commission by late November or December. The proposal would be heard by the town council for a final decision following a planning commission recommendation. Approval of the master plan would not constitute actual development approval, since each individual residential or commercial proposal in the plan would have to come back for a decision before the town.Vehicle access was the focus of Thursday’s meeting discussing the development of Truckee’s historic ski hill. Also discussed was a 3-acre parcel owned by Intrawest Corporation, which is the key to providing a full-access road to the development, town officials said. Intrawest, however, has not actively participated in the master planning process.The development of Truckee’s Hilltop will require either a new roundabout on Brockway Road or a restricted intersection that would not allow vehicles to take a left turn toward downtown out of the proposed development, town staff said at Thursday’s Hilltop Master Plan Meeting.The public and the town both favor the full-access alternative which would require a roundabout on Brockway and a connecting road through the vacant Intrawest property east of Palisades Drive.”For the good of the town we want to have a full access point for this amount of development,” said Todd Landry, the town’s associate engineer.In a subsequent telephone interview, Scott Schoenfeld, a representative for Intrawest, said the company is trying to be cooperative with the other developers while still protecting its property values.”We want to keep our rights to our property as much as we can,” said Schoenfeld, who added that Intrawest has no specific plans for the property right now.”No one’s come and pursued us as far as selling land for roads,” Schoenfeld said.The surrounding developers are now poised to pursue negotiations with Intrawest for vehicle access through the three-acre parcel. The Intrawest property is the only possible point of full access to the site since the bordering property is an impassible wetlands area, and access through the site could make or break the project.E-mail comments on the Hilltop Master Plan proposal to Associate Planner Heidi Burns at hburns@townoftruckee.com, or call for more information at 582-7820.