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Truckee authorizes second phase of Historic Preservation Program

Scott Hess

The Truckee Town Council approved the use of $50,000 for phase two of the Historic Preservation Program at its meeting Aug. 7. The program, the town says, will ultimately protect the historic aspects of Truckee.

The $50,000, which comes from the town’s Capital Improvement Program, will go toward Winter and Company consultant Nore Winter’s expected cost of $58,120.

According to Truckee Town Planner Duane Hall, the town finished phase one under the estimated cost by $4,000, which will be applied to phase two. The remainder of the consultant cost for phase two, Hall said, will come out of the planning division budget.

Phase two will consist of applying to become a Certified Local Government, preparing a nomination for the National Register of Historic Places and creating informational handouts.

When the CLG application, National Register nomination and informational materials are completed, the final Historic Preservation Program will be presented to the Town of Truckee at the planning commission and town council. According to Hall, the project is scheduled to be finished in December, although he said any number of factors could delay the process.

He added Truckee’s part should be done in December, but the program has to go through the state office of historic preservation, as well as the Department of the Interior.

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“We’ve done everything to comply with the National Register standards,” Hall said. The “informal feedback” he said, is that the National Register says Truckee has done everything correctly, and it should have no problem being inducted into the National Register.

In addition, Truckee needs to show community support.

“We have to show there is property owner support to get in the program,” Hall said. He said the town will send notices to the Historic Downtown businesses before the town submits its application.

Hall said the town should not have a problem with the owners, who have been supportive of the program and guidelines so far.

With the revised Historic Preservation Program in place, historic buildings in Truckee will be listed in the National Register and protected from demolition or major alterations.

In the proposed guidelines, there would be four categories for historic buildings – categories “A” (essential), “B” (contributory), “C” (supporting) and “D” (non-essential).

Category A holds the highest standards for historic buildings. These are the buildings that have remained nearly unchanged from their original state. Under the new preservation guidelines, a person or business that wishes to alter, reconstruct or demolish an “A” building would have to receive approval from the town.

For more information on the Town of Truckee’s Historic Preservation Program revision, visit http://www.truckee2025.org/histpres/hphome.htm.