Lahontan expansion draws town comments
Truckee Town Council, at its regular meeting tonight, will consider forwarding concerns to Placer County’s planning commission concerning proposed expansion of the Lahontan subdivision.
Lahontan developers plan to expand the exclusive subdivision off Highway 267 south of Truckee by adding 74 homes on 160 acres, as well as the creation of one or two executive-type par 3 golf courses. The town’s comment letter concerns those portions of the Lahontan II environmental impact report which address its impact on Truckee.
“The Lahontan II subdivision is an expansion of the original Lahontan subdivision formerly known as Gooseneck Ranch,” Community Development Director Tony Lashbrook wrote in his report to council. “The original Lahontan subdivision was approved in 1994, and the first phases of the subdivision map have been recorded. The project proposes to acquire 160 acres north of the original Lahontan subdivision and annex it into the Lahontan subdivision.”
Lashbrook said the initial Lahontan subdivision was approved for 565 units, but only 464 were created. Thus, the combined units of the old and new projects will only total 538 – less than the number approved for the original subdivision.
“Staff has thoroughly reviewed those sections of the EIR that pertain to the project’s environmental impact that affect the town and its residents, property owners and visitors” Lashbrook
wrote. “It is staff’s opinion that the EIR failed to adequately address those issues previously raised by the town and the EIR sections on air quality, traffic and water do not adequately address nor mitigate the project’s impacts on Truckee.”
Trails and bikeways
Town council will also review each of the elements developed so far in the town’s trails and bikeways master plan its meeting, before the documents are made available in upcoming workshops.
The Town of Truckee will conduct a series of workshops in the fall to discuss the town’s plans for a comprehensive system of trails and bikeways throughout the community.
“The public workshops are intended to solicit initial comments, thoughts and ideas, promote involvement, provide education on the planning process and ultimate product and rally support for the planning process and eventual master plan,” Lashbrook wrote in his report to council.
He said the four Truckee Trails and Bikeways Master Plan components produced to date will be presented to the public, including the planning area description, purpose statement, goals and policies and a Truckee Trails and Bikeways map of the local system and regional tie-ins.
Lashbrook said an outreach program to encourage participation in the workshops is under development. The schedule for the workshops has not been developed yet.
In other business, town council will:
— Consider the proposed “Paint the Dairy” volunteer project proposed by the Contractors Association of Truckee-Tahoe at the old McIver Dairy buildings on Donner Pass Road.
— Receive an oral report from town staff on Williams Communications, the firm now installing fiber-optic line through Truckee.
— Designate a voting delegate for the annual League of Cities conference.
— Consider implementation of Truckee’s Particulate Air Quality Management Plan.
— Consider award of the Tahoe Donner overlay contract to Advanced Asphalt, who submitted a bid of $1,334,227.25.
— Consider award of a bid for a skip loader to GSC Western Power and Equipment, in the sum of $62,038.91 for a Case tractor loader with modifications.
— Consider award of a contract to Andregg, Inc. to conduct a downtown survey and utility mapping, for $49,665.
— Consider authorization of the town engineer to sign a change order on the Glenshire Bridge project in the amount of $58,839.81.
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