Joerger Ranch plans available for review
Truckee’s Planned Community Three is heading into public review after a hold-up behind the town’s general plan update.
The development, also known as Joerger Ranch, covers 70 acres along Highway 267, Brockway Road, and Joerger Drive near the Truckee Tahoe Airport. Because much of the policy that would affect the development was being updated as part of the general plan, efforts were slowed until the update was adopted by town council.
Town Planner Duane Hall said the project is entering an early public involvement phase in which interested members of the public can learn about, and provide input on, the development.
“The purpose of the public review process is for the town to provide comments to the applicants,” Hall said. “It gives them the opportunity to learn what the town’s concerns are.”
The plans will then go to the planning commission on March 14, and to the council some time in April, Hall said.
Town staff has raised some issues with the plans, Hall said, including the size of the proposed Raley’s market, as well as the scale of other elements, such as the apartment complex proposed to be three stories high.
“The Raley’s meets the 40,000-square-foot limitation for floor space in the store, but there is an additional 9,000 square feet for offices and storage,” Hall said.
In previous discussions, town council indicated they want a better design, Hall said.
“It’s the southern gateway to Truckee,” Hall said. “They wanted a higher-quality project.”
Larry Young, a spokesperson for Joerger Ranch, said in a release that this would be the first project of this scale in Truckee catering specifically toward full-time residents.
Having the new grocery store and other businesses will eliminate many cross-town trips not only for residents of the new development, but for others on that side of town, he said.
In a best-case scenario, with environmental review of the project completed over the summer, public hearings and action could be taken on the development in the fall of 2007, Hall said.
This means construction could begin as soon as 2008, he said.
“It will be built in different phases by different developers,” Hall said. “The community shopping center will probably be the first to begin construction.”