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Planning discussion on Tahoe Forest’s new cancer center postponed

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Initial discussion on the hospitaland#8217;s new cancer center has been postponed, the Town of Truckee announced Tuesday.

Tahoe Forest Hospital was set to go before the Town of Truckee Planning Commission Wednesday evening on the project that would add a 34,235-square-foot cancer center and a 3,514-square-foot skilled nursing facility, and also expand the hospitaland#8217;s central utility plant, which houses generators, chillers and sprinkler and fire pump infrastructure.

and#8220;We initiated the withdrawal to refine the data associated with the application,and#8221; said Paige Nebeker-Thomason, director of marketing and communications for the hospital district, which is seeking planning commission advice and feedback before moving forward.

While some of the work is related to Measure C-funded, state-mandated seismic retrofits required by 2013, she said exact timing hasnand#8217;t yet been decided.

and#8220;Weand#8217;re not talking timelines at this point and#8212; just bringing it to the town for planning purposes,and#8221; Nebeker-Thomason said.

Jenna Endres, associate planner with the Town of Truckee, said staff has identified a few issues with the project.

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and#8220;The cancer center is characterized as a lodge, which is very different than the institutional uses on either side of Donner Pass Road there,and#8221; Endres said.

The two-story cancer center, proposed to lie along Donner Pass Road between Levon and Pine avenues, is also 12 feet taller than the building limit, Endres said, which would require a variance.

and#8220;Parking is another issue and#8212; the district is proposing to park the majority in the town right-of-way on surrounding streets, and we already have complaints about lack of parking there,and#8221; Endres said.

Check back in the Sierra Sun and at http://www.sierrasun.com for when the workshop will be rescheduled.