Pre-fab affordable housing up for planning commssion nod
Two projects proposing more than 120 units of factory-built affordable housing will be considered for approval by the Truckee Planning Commission on Wednesday.The first project, the Gray’s Crossing employee housing, is part of an already approved project. But the commission will consider a development permit for 92 units of multi-family “pre-fab” housing.The other project is Spring Creek, a new subdivision proposed south of the Alder Creek Middle School. Thirty of the 66 homes are slated to be three-bedroom affordable units shipped from the same Idaho manufacturer as the Gray’s Crossing apartments. The homes will come from Guerdon Enterprises, which manufactures the pieces of the homes in their factory. They are then assembled and bolted to a foundation when they reach their destination.The Spring Creek project will satisfy the employee housing requirement for the three phases of Pioneer Commerce Center, adding 30, three-bedroom “duplex-style” homes to the area just south of the Alder Creek Middle School. All of the homes are planned to be offered for sale to income-qualified homebuyers.The topic of building design will likely dominate the discussion at the commission. One of the main questions outlined in the staff report for the projects is whether the factory-built homes provide enough architectural variety to fit in with the Truckee’s character.”The applicant is proposing an affordable housing project that is somewhat limited in architectural variety and materials,” read the town report on the Gray’s Crossing project. “This is solely based on making these units affordable.”The compatibility of manufactured homes near the neighboring Pine Forest subdivision is also likely to be raised as a concern. Pine Forest subdivider Robert Schwartz has written a letter criticizing the lack of tree screening in between Pine Forest and the planned subdivision.”First and foremost, we oppose the project design, as it does not recognize the design controls imposed on Pine Forest, honor any buffer yards, incorporate retention of trees along the property line, or incorporate a trail system,” wrote Schwartz.Check it outWhat: Truckee planning commission meetingWhere: Town HallWhen: Wednesday July 27, 6 p.m.