Public input sought for ‘Hippie Hill’ |

Public input sought for ‘Hippie Hill’

It’s always been “Hippie Hill” and it has always been undeveloped except for seasonal tent sites, but a group of planners will arrive in Truckee May 3 hoping to change the parcel’s moniker while formulating plans for its development.

Planners will use an intensive public design session called a charrette in considering the potential for this site, which is bound by Interstate 80, Highway 89, the Union Pacific railroad tracks and the downtown roundabout and which is designated as a Special Study Area under Truckee’s general plan.

“The goal of the design charrette is to involve citizens, town staff and all other interested parties in the design of this property from the beginning, to hear people’s points of view and to create a plan that will meet with the town’s approval,” team leader R. John Anderson said.

The team of 11 architects, planners, transportation specialists and designers from alpine districts throughout the country will walk the site, which they refer to as the McIver Property, shortly after arriving in town May 3 before beginning the week-long charrette to create a plan for the 70-acre site.

That evening they will receive public input while introducing the charrette planning technique. They will establish a full-working design studio and gallery at the future Sierra Sun office site located at 12315 Deerfield Drive. The design studio and gallery, in the Donner Lake Plaza behind the Chevron station, is accessed from Cold Stream Road and will be open to the public at all times.

Each of the following evenings during the week-long planning process, the plans, drawings, traffic analyses and other ideas developed during the day will be displayed for public review.

Plans are reviewed and revised daily so that problems can be aired, solutions found and the design improved on a daily basis, Anderson said. Each day’s work will also be posted at the website for public review and comment.

“Within these seven days, starting from a blank slate, the team is charged with designing and illustrating, in plans, maps and renderings, a precise, detailed vision of the streets, parks, squares, buildings and landscape of the site,” Anderson said. “We hope to design a place that truly fits Truckee’s vision for its future, and to do that, we need the public’s involvement and daily feedback.”

After six days of planning, the design team will present the entire draft plan and will once again seek public input.

After the charrette, the design team will make any necessary adjustments before submitting the plan to the town’s planning division.

The seven-day schedule of events for this intensive design workshop includes the following public events beginning May 3:

– Public forum and introduction to the site with a slide presentation on the Principles of Traditional Neighborhood Design at the Tahoe-Truckee High School Auditorium, Wed., May 3 from 7 to 9 p.m.

– Public review and critique of Day One design work to be held at the team’s design studio in the Donner Lake Plaza at 12315 Deerfield Drive (Donner Lake end) behind the Chevron station, Thurs., May 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.

– Public review and critiques of Day Two’s design work at the design studio, Fri., May 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.

– Public review and critique of Day Three’s design work at the design studio, Sat., May 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.

– Public review and critique of Day Four’s design work at the design studio, Sun., May 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.

– Public review and critique of Day Five’s design work at the design studio, Mon., May 8 from 6 to 8 p.m.

– Closing presentation at the Tahoe-Truckee High School Auditorium, Tues., May 9 from 7 to 9 p.m.

For information, visit the charrette web site or call R. John Anderson at (530) 894-0697. Anderson will receive electronic mail at and fax documents at (530) 894-0698.

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