Major development on the fast track |

Major development on the fast track

Sierra Sun

Pioneer Commerce Center, proposed Nov. 21 as a mixed-use multi-tenant complex encompassing 240,700 square feet, is on the fast track for approval.

Submitted by Ciro Mancuso of Hidden Lake Properties Inc., the initial proposal calls for development of 19 acres of flat property on ShaNeva Road west of Interstate 80 and Highway 89 North, and for the development of a road that will connect the intersection to the subdivision of Tahoe Donner.

“The plans are not 100 percent complete,” said Heidi Scoble, assistant planner with the Town of Truckee. “The overall site plan has been submitted, but (the developer) is not proposing anything that is not permitted at this site.”

The zoning district along ShaNeva Road allows for manufacturing and industrial uses including processing, distribution and storage. Commercial, retail, restaurant and residential use is also allowed by conditional use permits, pending further review by the Town of Truckee.

The preliminary application, although incomplete, shows the applicants are striving for a project consistent with uses described in the general plan, Scoble said. The preliminary application has been forwarded to 22 concerned agencies for review.

The project calls for 11 buildings to be constructed in two phases. The first phase, which developers hope to begin in the 2001 building season, will include four buildings totaling approximately 80,000 square feet and the construction of the thoroughfare.

“The general consensus is that the road will be an advantage to residents,” Tahoe Donner Association General Manager Bob Broyer said.

“One of the problems with the Alder Creek route is it doesn’t get plowed often and it doesn’t provide direct access to the freeway … The new road will be a value to the Tahoe Donner community.”

Hidden Lake Properties Inc. hopes to begin construction of the seven remaining buildings in the 2002 construction season.

The project will still require some form of environmental review according to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and the development standards still need to be addressed, Scoble said.

The plans are in draft form, but because the area has been used as an industrial site for several decades, Scoble anticipates there will be few environmental impacts that were not addressed before.

“ShaNeva Mining used the area for storage and Caltrans had batch plants there during the construction of Interstate 80,” Scoble said.

“There is a lack of industrial space in Truckee … The project will provide the opportunity for people not in compliance with the zoning along the Truckee River to move to an area that allows the use,” Town Planner Tony Lashbrook said.

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