New interactive Truckee website encourages town involvement in General Plan Update
As Truckee enters into its 2040 General Plan Update, the town is rolling out some new ways to generate community involvement in the update with the use of an interactive website.
“We really wanted to make a bold statement with this General Plan Update,” said Denyelle Nishimori, Truckee’s community development director. “It’s an exciting opportunity for the community to understand how to get information and how to participate that might be different than what we’ve done in the past,” she said.
The new site, Truckee2040.com, is the official website of all things related to the General Plan Update, the Downtown Specific Plan Update and the climate action planning associated with that project, according to Nishimori.
When users go to the site they must register an account which will allow them to submit feedback and suggestions for the update.
“By logging in it’ll allow you to participate in the dialogues, it’ll allow you to do some interactive mapping and share ideas,” she said.
If community members wish to learn more about the plan, the site offers an overview page with background of all the elements involved in the update as well as constant tracking of where the town is at in the process.
“I think that’s an important thing for the community to be able to see because this is a two- to three-year time frame,” said Nishimori. “Sometimes it can get confusing about where we are at in the process.”
As of now, town staff is moving forward into the existing conditions report which will be looked at by the General Plan Advisory Committee at their next meeting in February, according to Nishimori.
The site also offers a shared ideas page which users can suggest any topics the town should be considering with a mapping tool allowing them to display those suggestions in different parts of the community. Additionally a housing survey allows users to suggest any potential sites and identify them on the map.
“Say you want to identify an opportunity site. Since you’ll be logged in you can just drag and drop,” said Nishimori. Once a pin and a comment is placed on the map it will be available for other community members to see.
With the creation of the website the town is striving to make information relating to the update easily accessible to community members.
“If you’re just not comfortable submitting comments in our more typical process where you have to do a more formal letter or an email you can come on here,” said Nishimori.
“I think this is going to serve this process very well and be a great place to gather everything in one spot,” said Truckee Mayor David Tirman.
Hannah Jones is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at 530-550-2652 or firstname.lastname@example.org.