Truckee senior neighborhood comment period ends Oct. 23 |

Truckee senior neighborhood comment period ends Oct. 23

Margaret Moran

TRUCKEE, Calif. — An environmental study on the proposed senior neighborhood in Truckee found no potentially significant impacts from the project.

The recently released “mitigated negative declaration” for Pollard Station analyzed impacts to aesthetics; biological, cultural and forest resources; land use planning, population and housing; and transportation and traffic, among others.

The document and its findings can be downloaded from the front page at Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m., Oct. 23, and should be mailed to Jenna Endres at the Town of Truckee Planning Division, 10183 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee, CA 96161, or emailed to

After comments are received, the project will return for a Truckee Planning Commission study session — the most recent occurring Sept. 16 — before the commission does a formal project review, Endres said.

Those review sessions could take place over the next couple of months, she said.

Then the project would go before Truckee Town Council for a final decision, since it requires amendments to the 2008 Hilltop Master Plan, Endres said, by making senior citizen/disabled congregate care housing an allowed use.

Town planner Tom Parilo prepared the document at a cost of $10,500 to the project applicant, Truckee Senior Neighborhood, LLC, Endres said.

Pollard Station is proposed for the area west of the Pine Cone Road dead-end, above the Cottonwood Restaurant parking area at Hilltop.

The senior living neighborhood proposes 126 separate residential units — 86 units in a 76,458-square-foot, five-building senior lodge and 40 surrounding two-bedroom condominiums for independent senior living.

The neighborhood would provide housing for independent and semi-independent seniors, with those 55 years and older eligible.