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Plan will focus on land use and development

Two large sheets of white paper hung from the ceiling of the Town Council chambers, where all could scrutinize the words that some call “Truckee’s constitution.”

One was the town’s vision statement made in 1996, and the second listed the town’s goals for the general plan update that was launched at Tuesday night’s workshop.

“These are sort of like the preamble to our constitution,” said Town Planner Duane Hall.

Hall and Community Development Director Tony Lashbrook spent two hours introducing the goals, plans and process that the general plan update will face in the next two years.

The general plan is a type of mission statement for the town, and this update will guide land use and development in the town over the next 10, 20 or 30 years.

“It’s talked about frequently, but many people don’t know what it is and how it relates to the community,” Hall said. “All of the decisions of our town government emanate from our general plan.”

The first general plan only addressed issues up until 2014.

So far, town staff has not made any decisions regarding the scope of the general plan update, but instead, will seek community input to decide how much or how little the current general plan will change.

Through community input, the town will determine the best way to get the word out about the general plan update and solicit opinions and ideas from citizens.

This outreach work may be achieved in a variety of ways – through a Web site, mass mailings, open houses, neighborhood meetings or telephone interviews.

Hall said the town wants citizens who are not usually involved in local politics to be involved in the process – including the Hispanic residents, who make up 13 percent of the town’s population, according to the 2000 Census.

The town also wants to involve second homeowners.

“We have lots of people using our infrastructure that don’t live here permanently,” Hall said.

The town will have to pay attention to the “Fair Share” Housing Allocation, which determines how many housing units need to be built for very low, low, moderate and above moderate income residents.

The allocation is based on Truckee’s median income – $60,000 per household.

Based on these numbers, Truckee will need to plan for more than 1,700 units from now until July of 2008.

“The town doesn’t have to ensure that these units have to get built, it just has to plan for them,” Lashbrook said.

Planners noted the abundance of above moderate-income housing and very low-income housing. The moderate-income citizens, they said, have been overlooked.

Lashbrook discussed a few options the town may have for more affordable and moderate income housing like an inclusionary housing policy that would require builders to include a certain amount of lower cost housing for every 100 houses built.

“We’re going to have to get pretty innovative to approach some of these numbers,” Lashbrook said.

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