PC-2 hearing draws comments on EIR process | SierraSun.com

PC-2 hearing draws comments on EIR process

Truckee Town Council and the town planning commission had a packed house Monday night, when about 30 people attended a special scoping meeting on the Environmental Impact Report Process for Boca Sierra Estates.

Boca Sierra Estates, which lies on land designated as Planned Community 2 under the Truckee General Plan, is a proposed development on 789 acres, extending north from Interstate 80 along both sides of Highway 89.

The meeting Monday night was a chance for consultants who will be preparing the EIR to hear from the public about the issues they want to see addressed in the study.

Concerns brought forth by attendees at the meeting included:

Studying how the town’s general plan goal of pedestrian-accessible projects can be achieved within the commercial area of Boca Sierra Estates.

Much of the development’s commercial retail space is currently sited in a triangle formed by the intersection of Interstate 80, Highway 89 and the future path of the Highway 267 Bypass.

Other concerns included an analysis of how affordable housing will be calculated.

Under town rules, the development must have 100 units of affordable housing for every 100 units of standard housing. At issue is whether second units within homes would be considered as affordable housing.

Another concern is the impact of PC-2 on wildlife corridors, especially as a result of changes unveiled by developers in the meeting.

Community Development Director Tony Lashbrook displayed a revised design of PC-2, which removes an area of estate-sized parcels on the northwest side of Highway 89, replacing them with open space.

Lashbrook said developers of Boca Sierra Estates, the Hopkins Family Trust, have negotiated with Sierra Pacific Power Co. to remove a utility easement which currently runs through the center of the planned development site and move it to the easter side.

Lashbrook said that allowed for increased clustering of residential units around the golf course, and the removal of the estate parcels from the plan.

He said the change was in line with direction offered by members of the community during public hearing on PC-2, which emphasized increased clustering of residential and commercial areas, as well as the use of open space.

However, members of the public noted that relocating the utility lines could impact existing wildlife corridors.

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