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Staff reportsThere will be a community workshop that will help shape the Hilltop Master Plan next week.The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. at Truckee Town Hall. The gathering is designed to be informative, participatory, and formatted to solicit the communitys ideas concerning future development of the historic Hilltop area, using the goals, policies and development parameters contained with the Truckee Downtown Specific Plan.The workshop will include an initial presentation by the town staff summarizing the requirements of the master plan process and policies for the Hilltop area and a presentation by the project representative Dale Creighton, SCO Planning & Engineering, summarizing the conceptual land use plan and design themes for the Hilltop Master Plan.The community is encouraged to attend the workshop to provide comments to the property owners, town staff and town decision-makers to help guide the development of the Hilltop Master Plan. For more information, contact Heidi Burns at 582-7820 or via e-mail at hburns@townoftruckee.com.

Staff reportsA city council member from Wisconsin will visit Truckee this month to discuss Swedish planning methods for small towns.Mary Rehwald, of Ashland, Wis., will come to Truckee to talk about the Natural Step principles and how they can be integrated into communities general plans and overall operations on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. The free public forum will be held at the Truckee Veterans Hall, 10214 High St.The public forum, presented by the Sierra Business Council, is entitled, Building Eco-Municipalities; Applying the Natural Step to North American Communities.The Natural Step framework for sustainability is founded on the principle that businesses and organizations can reduce their impact on the environment while enhancing their overall efficiency and effectiveness. The principles seek to align business and government practices with natural cycles that support the web of life.


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