New Hilltop plan to come before public
August 23, 2004
A revised Hilltop Master Plan proposal with fewer residential units and added commercial space will go before the public on Thursday. The site owners have been revising the plan after a public meeting in January generated criticism on the three-story structures, density and traffic of the proposed 53-acre project that overlooks downtown Truckee.The new plan decreases the number of residential units to approximately 262, down from 368 before. But commercial space was bumped up from 56,350 square feet to roughly 65,000 in the newest outline. Final numbers of units and commercial space will be available when an official application to the planning department is complete.The proposed Hilltop Master Plan is an attempt to cobble together parcels held by five landowners into one comprehensive plan for the location. Town officials have required that the developers collaborate on the master plan, which has not even reached the point that it can be officially submitted to the town. When the individual development proposals are ready, they will have to be submitted and reviewed under the town planning process.Hilltop is the location of several historic buildings and a mechanical ski lift that some say was the first of its kind in the United States. Earlier this year, Truckee residents urged developers to highlight the history of the site at the last meeting.Design details and specifics of the new master plan proposal were not available before the meeting, but will be presented to the public on Thursday.