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Public input: Truckee railyard environmental review Thursday

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

Town council will consider the public review process for the Railyard environmental review Thursday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. at town hall.

The Draft Environmental Impact Report is available at http://www.truckee2025.org/devel/rymp/rymp03.htm.

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TRUCKEE “-With a draft of the Railyard’s environmental review released, it’s time again for public input on the downtown Truckee development.

Situated on 75 acres east of downtown in the old Railyard and lumber mill site, the project could potentially bring 570 homes, retail and office space, a hotel, movie theater, and a grocery store.

But before buildings go up, the recently released Draft Environmental Impact Report shows project proponent Holliday Development will have to contend with traffic, parking and noise from the nearby railroad, among other issues.

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“Most challenging will be limiting noise in outside spaces ” inside is not too difficult to achieve, especially in this climate,” said Town Manager Tony Lashbrook.

As the environmental document works its way from draft to final, the town has plans for multiple ways for the Truckee residents to throw in their two cents, Lashbrook said.

The mandatory 45-day comment period has been extended to 60, meaning comments on environmental (and that means traffic, cultural, and public safety as well) impacts need to be in by Jan. 5, Lashbrook said.

“This is a big project,” Lashbrook said.

Town council tonight will consider scheduling a series of meetings on the Railyard in the coming months, Lashbrook said.

Until the Railyard development gets built, a museum highlighting Truckee’s railroad history needs a temporary home.

Town council will also consider placing a caboose next to the downtown train depot to act as an interim Railroad Museum.

Along with the caboose, The Truckee Donner Railroad Society has collected a sleeper car, an engine, a snowplow, and a crane ” all highlighting periods in Truckee’s railroad history ” in the future Railyard site.