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‘Hybrid’ option approved for Truckee development

Margaret Moran

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The middle road was taken on a Coldstream development project proposal that hinges on road connectivity.

In a public hearing Monday, Aug. 25, Truckee Town Council unanimously voted to approve an option that would result in an open, connected Deerfield Drive with a neighborhood park at the end of the drive, said Jenna Endres, associate planner for the town of Truckee.

This option — dubbed the “hybrid” — is a combination of Option A that would allow Deerfield Drive traffic to travel through the project area located between Donner Memorial State Park and the Boulders. Option B would not allow through travel, but have a neighborhood park at the end of Deerfield Drive.

The hybrid option was suggested at a Truckee Planning Commission meeting in June.

After hearing Deerfield resident feedback on the suggestion, it was withdrawn. Despite that, town staff decided to forward the hybrid option for council’s consideration along with Option A (which the commission recommended) and Option B.

All project options include up to 300 residential units, including affordable housing; up to 30,000 square feet of commercial space; roughly 109 acres of open space/wetlands; and about 4.5 miles of trails.

The 178-acre property was the site of gravel and sand mining from the mid-1950s to mid-80s for Teichert Land Company. According to Teichert, it’s committed to converting previously mined lands into open space, nature preserves, agricultural land and other uses compatible with neighboring communities.

A second reading of Coldstream Specific Plan is tentatively scheduled for late September, Endres said. If passed, it will take 30 days to go into effect.

The project is broken into five phases, with spring 2015 being the earliest the project could break ground.