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Potential Railyard development getting closer to approval

TRUCKEE ” Truckee’s Railyard development has entered the final stretch after a long series of public meetings and workshops.

After Wednesday’s joint town council planning commission workshop, the master plan for the 75-acre development planned for the eastern end of downtown only has two meetings left ” potential approval from the planning commission May 27, and finally the town council some time in June.

But a group calling themselves the Friends of Truckee, who takes issue with the rerouting of Donner Pass Road into the commercial and residential development, could potentially stop the process in its tracks.

Siobhan Smart, president of Friends of Truckee, said that an 11th-hour meeting with Rick Holliday, developer of the Railyard, resulted in an agreement to have their engineers work together on a Donner Pass Road alignment means litigation is no longer eminent.

The Railyard would in its current form would realign Donner Pass Road into a “T” intersection inside the project, but Smart and her group want to keep Donner Pass Road directed towards the existing downtown, in what is being called the “swoosh.”

But both the planning commission and town council expressed preference for the “T” at Wednesday’s meeting.

“We would be going against town policy to keep the swoosh,” said Commissioner Kurt Reinkens, discussing pedestrian connectivity in the area. “I support the T.”

Other resistance came from the Truckee Fire Protection District, who wanted fees to help the fire district keep up with growth as part of the requirements from the town, which isn’t in the current documents.

Town Manager Tony Lashbrook said the fire district would either need to create their own Mello Roos district, or come to the town council to create new policy.

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