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Hilltop plans aired

AMANDA BUTLER, Sierra Sun

Developers of the Hilltop area and community planners met with concerned citizens Tuesday evening to begin discussions of a proposed Hilltop expansion.

The meeting was held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Cottonwood restaurant and was designed to get feedback from the community on possible development concepts.

The Hilltop area is owned by six separate property owners who all have different expectations of the project.

One of the more challenging aspects of development is coming up with an equitable way to distribute infrastructure costs and coming to a consensus on what the new community will include.

The largest property owners hope to build affordable residential units, turn the current ski hill into a tubing run, refurbish the existing Cottonwood restaurant and create lodging with a bed and breakfast theme.

“We are trying to get the community’s initial thoughts on this project,” said Gavin Ball, associate planner for the Town of Truckee.

After Ball’s presentation, residents were able to make comments and ask questions about the project.

A big concern of the almost 40 people who attended the meeting seemed to be pedestrian access to the area. One woman suggested a pathway connecting the development to downtown Truckee as well as the skateboarding park at the Truckee-Donner Regional Park.

Other concerns included recreational and historical design components.

Design themes for the project are required to to be consistent with the historic and mountain character of the surrounding areas. Developers showed slides of possible design options for the project.

The next step for planners will be to analyze the feedback from the meeting and generate responses to notable objections.

Residents interested in obtaining more information about the proposed development or who would like to make comments regarding the proposed expansion can contact Gavin Ball at (530) 582-7876 or via E-mail at gball@townof truckee.com.


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