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Truckee Town Council OKs 66-acre development zoning plan

Margaret Moran
mmoran@sierrasun.com

TRUCKEE, Calif. — After 15 years and many iterations, development guidelines have been set for the piece of property viewed as the southern gateway to Truckee.

In four separate 4-0 votes Tuesday night, Truckee Town Council approved site plans and maps and certified a final environmental document for the 66-acre property at the Highway 267/Brockway Road/Soaring Way four corners intersection.

Vice Mayor Joan deRyk Jones recused herself from the hearing and vote, citing being partners with a business on the property referred to as Joerger Ranch.

"This latest iteration is a tremendous improvement," said council member Carolyn Wallace Dee. "I think when you look at the map as a whole, things really are in the right places. … I really think this is the best we've seen and well-thought-out on everybody's part."

It's proposed the property be divided into five parcels, with manufacturing, industrial and regional commercial uses abutting Truckee Tahoe Airport; permanent open space lining a portion of Highway 267; and multi-family residential, lifestyle commercial and business zoning lying next to existing residential neighborhoods and the Ponderosa Golf Course.

The unanimous vote came despite several residents voicing opposition to the proposed zoning, citing potential traffic, safety and night lighting concerns.

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In all, roughly five people voiced support for the plan during Tuesday's hearing, while seven were against.

"I would argue the gateway is for visitors and locals alike," said Mayor Alicia Barr. "We all want to take pride as we enter our community, like, 'Yes, I'm home. This is my community. This is the gateway.'"

There is no "master developer" proposing large-scale projects simultaneously for the property, according to the town.

Any proposed development would require additional town review.

Project background

Under the 1972 Martis Valley Community Plan, the Joerger Family Ranch was zoned for commercial use.

When the town of Truckee was incorporated and its General Plan adopted, the property was earmarked as one of three planned communities (dubbed PC-3), making the commercial designation obsolete.

With that, a specific plan, a legislative document that establishes development standards such as allowed land uses, zoning and design guidelines, was set out to be created for future development on the property.

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Proposed PC-3 zoning, by the numbers

20.9: acres open space

16.3: acres regional commercial

11.2: acres business innovation zone

9.5: acres manufacturing/industrial

4.7: acres lifestyle commercial

4.0: acres multi-family residential

Source: Town of Truckee