PC-2 development may change hands
Plans by Northstar-at-Tahoe’s parent company East West Partners and Booth Creek Ski Group, Inc. to purchase PC-2 have reinvigorated questions, desires and concerns over the effects of the large community development for Truckee residents.
The 790 acres owned by the Hopkins family known as Boca Sierra Estates, is located north of the intersection of Interstate 80 and Highway 89 North, and is slated as Planned Community 2 in Truckee’s General Plan.
Currently, plans for the site include 600 homes, an 18-hole golf course and 175,000 square feet of commercial and office space.
“We have entered into a purchasing contract and are still going through the due diligence period,” Booth Creek Marketing Director Donna Morgan said.
According to company officials the specific plan developed by the Hopkins family will remain unchanged if the property changes hands.
Under land use policies of the Truckee General Plan an economic analysis was required and would be included as the basis for the fiscal impact portion of the PC-2 Environmental Impact Report, which Town officials expect to be delivered this November.
Mountain Area Preservation Foundation (MAPF) opposed development of PC-2 in 1997 and maintains that position today.
Stefanie Olivieri of MAPF said the development is an example of urban sprawl that would compete with future in-fill developments.
“To say the least we are extremely disappointed that East West Partners and Booth Creek Ski Group, Inc. liked what they saw in the existing plans for PC-2,” Olivieri said.
“The entire project as it is proposed is not acceptable to MAPF. It was the reason for our initiative which was Measure M, at which time we tried to reduce the intensity of the project by amending the general plan.”
Olivieri said the development would compete with in-fill developments all over the community not specifically in downtown.
Highlighting the controversy was the 175,000 square feet of commercial and office space.
“We have commented to the draft EIR and the economic analysis. We hope to work with whomever the ultimate property owner would be to affect the size and scope of the project,” Olivieri said.
Supporters of the acquisition say East West Partners have received acclaim for community developments in Colorado, and that Booth Creek Ski Group, Inc, the parent company of Northstar-at-Tahoe, has maintained a long-standing reputation for close community involvement.
“I believe East West Partners and Booth Creek are wonderful companies,” said Truckee developer Steve Grossman. “If the quality of the development they have done in the past is any indication of what they will do here it would be wonderful. I think Truckee will come out way ahead on this deal.”
Town Councilman Bob Drake said he supported the previous development plan but would like to know more about how the plans may change.
“There were many studies transportation studies, economic studies, environmental impact studies but I want to know what they are planning to do,” Drake said. “They haven’t presented anything. I’m sure they’ve done their research, but I’m not certain what they have presented in their flyer is what they are planning to do in Truckee.”
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