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Joerger Ranch finally ready for review

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

A 70-acre, mixed-use project proposed near the Truckee Airport will be the subject of a public workshop next week before the Truckee Planning Commission and Town Council.

After one delay caused by a shortage of planning commissioners without a conflict of interest, Truckee’s Planned Community Three will be reviewed at a forum scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 12.

Also known as Joerger Ranch, the proposed project covers 70 acres along Highway 267, Brockway Road and Joerger Drive near the Truckee Tahoe Airport. Conflicts of interest at a Feb. 28 commission meeting delayed the review process, which will now proceed thanks to the appointment of a new planning commissioner.

“The planning commission didn’t have a quorum because two members were conflicted out,” said Associate Planner Jenna Endres.

Four members of the commission were present (Bob Johnston, Jeff Bender, Kurt Reinkens, and Tom Murphy), but Bender and Reinkens excused themselves because of potential conflicts of interest, leaving the commission short of the required three-member quorum, Endres said. With Patrick Flora joining the planning commission after his recent appointment, a quorum of commissioners will be available next week to begin evaluating the project, she added.

The public review workshop will include presentations from the project developers, a question-and-answer session, and public comment on the project.

As proposed, the project would include a 40,000-square-foot Raley’s market, a 288-unit rental apartment complex, and additional commercial and light industrial space.

In a previous interview, Town Planner Duane Hall said the town continues to have concerns over the size of the market, which meets the town’s 40,000-square-foot limit in retail floor space, but not when an additional 9,000 feet for offices and storage is included.

He also said council had previously voiced concerns over the aesthetics of the project, which would effectively be the southern gateway into the Town of Truckee.

Construction could begin as soon as next year, Hall said, if all planning and public review goes smoothly.