Initiative support called ‘overwhelming’
Proponents of a petition to amend Truckee’s General Plan are confident the initiative will make the ballot in November.
Mountain Area Preservation Foundation President Stefanie Olivieri said petitions and voter registration cards have been placed in several town businesses, at both post offices and are being circulated door-to-door.
“We are getting overwhelming support of signatures for the petition,” Olivieri said. “We already have well over half and we have only been doing this since Saturday.”
After filing the proper legal notice in last week’s Sierra Sun, petition proponents were given the green light to begin collecting signatures May 16. More than 1,000 town residents who are registered to vote are required
to sign the petition, which must be returned to town hall by Friday, May 30.
Town Manager Steve Wright will collect the petitions, which will then be handed to the Nevada County Office of Elections for signature verification.
Town residents can find petitions in Gateway Shopping Center at Mr. Video, Payless Shoe Source, Sugar Bowl Ski and Sport Shop, Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks and in front of Safeway; in the Crossroads Center at Porter’s Ski and Sport and in front of Lucky’s; at the Deerfield and downtown post office branches; and Cabona’s, Mountain Hardware and the White Buffalo. Ames Deli and the Glenshire Store should have petitions by the end of the week.
Also, more than 30 people are carrying the petitions to residences.
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.
Members of MAPF, the Town of Truckee and representatives from Boca Sierra Estates met three weeks ago, but were unable to iron out an acceptable solution that would avoid amending the general plan.
Truckee’s town council met in a special closed session May 15 to address the MAPF initiative. No reportable actions were taken.
Olivieri said since the joint meeting, however, MAPF has changed the initiative in order to facilitate concerns of the town. Specifically, allowing movement of land use boundary lines, giving the town the ability to relocate the state agricultural inspection station to open space/recreational land use designations at PC-2 and bringing the commercial space square footage to 25,000 instead of 15,000.
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