MAPF petition submitted
Let the verifying begin.
Members of the Mountain Area Preservation Foundation submitted their initiative petitions to town hall June 13, and now town and county officials are busy validating each signature. If enough signatures are deemed valid, MAPF’s initiative to amend Truckee’s General Plan will be on the November ballot.
Truckee Community Development Director Tony Lashbrook said town staff has slowed down working on the 9212 report – an analysis of how the initiative, if passed, will impact the general plan from a fiscal and legal standpoint – at the advice of the Nevada County Elections Clerk Bruce Bollinger.
“According to the elections clerk, if the 9212 report is completed and accepted prior to July 24, a special election before November would have to be held,” Lashbrook said in his staff report. “In fact, based on the information provided by (Bollinger), the town council must hold a special meeting July 24 to formally accept the 9212 report and verify the petition to avoid a special election.”
A special election would be funded by the town and town residents, while the county picks up the tab if the initiative goes on the regular November election ballot.
Developers have planned, but not submitted to town planners, a mixed use project on PC-2 called Boca Sierra Estates. The project summary provides for 368 acres of open space, 329 acres of clustered residential housing, 50 acres for commercial and office space, 22 acres for lodging and recreational uses and earmarks 20 acres for public use.
MAPF’s initiative originally proposed reducing potential commercial space square footage at PC-2 from 175,000 to 15,000 and eliminating the site’s potential for a resort hotel and golf course. In addition, future amendments to the general plan regarding PC-2 would require a majority vote of the public.
Also originally required under the initiative was a majority public vote to change any resource conservation-open space land designations to another land use or to add land uses not listed. The public vote requirement would have ended Dec. 31, 2020.
Through the course of negotiations with the town and the developers, MAPF amended the initiative to increase the amount of developable commercial space at PC-2 to 25,000 square-feet.
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