Planning Commission approves one, rejects one |

Planning Commission approves one, rejects one

People who need affordable housing can shift their sight to The Boulders Condominiums, a recently approved complex that is the first to offer affordable housing units for sale.

The Town of Truckee Planning Commission approved the condominium project planned for Deerfield Drive by a 3 to 1 vote, with commissioner Fred Zabel opposing the project. The vote was at their Feb. 14 meeting.

David Gardner, the applicant, revised the plan to address the previous planning commission concerns, such as the density of units at a specific site and a buffer or setback, a time line for construction and completion, and design requirements.

The planning commission found the applicant’s revised proposal adequate and proceeded to take staff’s recommendation to adopt the mitigated negative declaration, approve the necessary documents, amendments and permits with conditions.

Also at their meeting, in a 3 to 0 vote, the Planning Commission denied the resolution that would lead to the recommendation that Town Council approve the development known as Gateway Corners. Commissioner Britta Tryggvi abstained from voting.

Proposed as a 16,800 square foot commercial complex in two buildings on a 1.89 acre site across from the Gateway Center, the project would require a 60-foot Donner Way right-of-way. The project is reliant upon the right-of-way to satisfy access, parking, snow storage, landscaping and the maximum allowed floor-to-area ratio for new commercial development.

The planning commission overruled staff recommendations and denied the project because they did not approve the abandonment of the Donner Way right-of-way to developers.

“Adjacent residential property owners to the south need to be taken into consideration,” said Town Planner Duane Hall.

The site consists of four separate legal parcels and the right-of-way, which would be reconfigured to create two commercial parcels.

Hall said the Planning Commission also had some design concerns.

The applicant was asked whether or not they wanted to have their application continued to address residential concerns, but they opted for the commission to take action, Commissioner Ted Owens said.

“The people there use that right of way,” said Owens.

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