Public comment still open on rec center
Plans for a new Truckee community center have been postponed in order to give the town time to respond to environmental impacts associated with the project. The Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District filed a mitigated negative declaration on the community center proposal. A mitigated negative declaration is allowable when an initial study of a project finds that no significant environmental effects will occur because measures will be taken to reduce any potentially significant impacts.The notice of the park districts mitigation intentions was posted for a 30-day period of review on June 5 with the deadline for town comment originally set for July 6. Duane Hall, town planner, said the deadline for comment was extended by the park district until Aug. 10.The deadline was pushed back to give the town an extended amount of time to consult, Hall said.He said the added amount of time will be used by the town to ensure the information in the [mitigated negative declaration] is complete.Tony Lashbrook, Truckee town manager, said the park district has been cooperating with the town during the planning process of the recreation center. Steve Randall, park district general manager, could not be reached for comment.The recreation center master plan and site layout, located on a 13.5-acre triangular lot at the intersection of Interstate 80, Highway 89 north and Donner Pass Road, was approved by the districts board of directors in February.Proposed project plans will include a double gymnasium with elevated running track, a recreational pool that features a lazy river, play slide, and spa. Other recreation center amenities include administrative offices, community spaces, a fitness area, art room, game room, pre school room, catering kitchen, and a black box theater, according to the park district.Once completed, the community facility will be approximately 100,546 square feet. The park districts mitigated negative declaration identifies the mitigation measures that will be taken during the phases of construction plans. The environmental impact measures include sensitivity to wild life, plant life, archaeological deposits, and surveys for streams on the property. Construction plans also include a roundabout at the site intersection. The size of the roundabout is to be determined by the town. Traffic impact fees will also be determined by the town, according to the declaration.Lashbrook said the recreation center project will be discussed at the Town Council meeting in either late July or August.
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