Initiative deadline Friday
Even though the deadline is tomorrow and they already have enough support, Mountain Area Preservation Foundation members are still collecting signatures for an initiative to amend Truckee’s general plan.
MAPF President Stefanie Olivieri said she is not surprised at the initiative’s overwhelming response, and that a final signature count would be released Friday, May 30.
“A few petitions are still out and we have enough to meet the signature requirement,” Olivieri said, “but our goal has always been to get a minimum of twice as many (signatures) as we need.”
Signed petitions will be handed over May 30 to Town Manager Steve Wright, who will forward them to the Nevada County Office of Elections. NCOE personnel will then verify 1,079 registered voters signed the forms, which will place the initiative on the November ballot.
The initiative targets land uses approved under the general plan for Planned Community 2, a 789-acre
development area located north of the Highway 89-Interstate 80 intersection.
Developers have planned, but not submitted to town planners, a mixed use project on PC-2 called Boca Sierra Estates. The project summary provides for 368 acres of open space, 329 acres of clustered residential housing, 50 acres for commercial and office space, 22 acres for lodging and recreational uses and earmarks 20 acres for public use.
MAPF’s initiative originally proposed reducing potential commercial space square footage at PC-2 from 175,000 to 15,000 and eliminate the site’s potential for a resort hotel and recreation facility. In addition, future amendments to the general plan regarding PC-2 would require a majority vote of the public.
Also required under the initiative is a majority public vote to change any resource conservation-open space land designations to another land use or to add land uses not listed. The public vote requirement would end Dec. 31, 2020.
Truckee’s town council scheduled a special meeting yesterday to discuss the initiative and offer direction to town staff.
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