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New developments proposed

Erich Sommer, Sierra Sun

With the building season in overdrive, tentative plans are already under way for at least two more developments scheduled to start next year.

One development proposes 73 multi-family townhomes across from where the Highway 267 bypass will intersect with what is currently Highway 267, while another project involves the subdivision of a 238-acre parcel off Alder Drive into lots for 118 single family homes.

Sierra View Townhomes, if approved, will consist of 73 townhomes, including duplexes, triplexes and four-plexes with garages on a 9 acre site across from Joerger Drive.

According to the project’s preliminary application, the total size of the parcel is 18.5 acres, with the Truckee town limits and the Placer County line bisecting the site. The proposed townhomes will be located entirely within town limits.

“All the development we know of, is in Truckee Town limits,” said Assistant Planner Stacy Wydra. “My plans don’t show a project on (the Placer) side.”

Wydra did add that the Placer County portion is zoned single family residential and may be developed at a later date.

The parcel is owned by John Zerwick of Incline Village, with construction scheduled to start in spring 2002.

The second of the two developments, dubbed Pineforest at Truckee, proposes 118 single family units, one unit under the maximum allowed under the development code, on two adjacent parcels totaling 238 acres.

The parcels are owned by Hopkins Boca Sierra Limited Partnerships and are located off of Alder Drive, west of Highway 89 and east of Coachland Mobile Home Park.

Robert Schwartz, along with his partner, Ken Hofmann, has an option to buy the land from Hopkins Boca Sierra Limited Partnership.

“We have an option to buy the land from Boca Sierra in a certain period of time,” Schwartz said.

In April, Schwartz and Hofmann sold Featherstone, a roughly 900-acre parcel just north of Interstate 80 near the Prosser Village exit, to East West Partners, a resort development company based near Vail. The deal made East West the single largest landowner in the Truckee.

If they acquire the parcels and the subdivision is approved, Schwartz said they hope to sell the 118 lots individually.

The current design would utilize Thayer Drive as the primary access point. The improvement of Thayer Drive would be the responsibility of the developer.

According to a letter of justification from the project engineer, SCO Planning and Engineering of Grass Valley, the development would facilitate a Tahoe Donner “connector” through mitigation and “road development fees.”

“Any time you have more access points and they’re flatter, it’s a good thing,” Schwartz said of the possibility of the Tahoe Donner connection.

Grading is tentatively scheduled for spring 2002.

Mountain Area Preservation Foundation spokeswoman Stefanie Olivieri said MAPF has yet to review the plans and was therefore unable to comment on either of the developments.


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