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Public invited to airport land use plan workshop

David Bunker, Sierra Sun

Truckee will host a public workshop to discuss the ongoing effort to update the 1986 Truckee Tahoe Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan on Wednesday, March 3.

The Foothill Airport Land Use Commission, the Truckee Town Council and the Truckee Tahoe Airport District board of directors will hear public comment on noise, safety and airspace protection compatibility of future development at the meeting.

The Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan takes a long-term look at the compatibility of neighboring land uses with airport operations. The plan has no authority over existing land uses, but works to assure that future land uses are compatible with the airport’s projected operations.

Areas of future development that will be affected by the new plan include the PC-3 site southwest of the airport and the railyard site east of Commercial Row. The Truckee Tahoe Airport influence area extends approximately 2.7 miles from the airport runways and includes land within Truckee, Nevada County and Placer County. Density and height restrictions are some of the limitations for development within influence zones.

State law also requires that the town’s General Plan be consistent with the new Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan, making it likely that the General Plan update could be affected by the conclusions of the Airport compatibility plan.

The compatibility plan, however, has no authority over the actual operations of the airport. Noise, safety and airspace concerns will be relevant at this meeting only when talking about future development that has not been approved.

“If you want the Compatibility Land Use Plan to deal with existing noise concerns, you will be frustrated,” said Community Development Director Tony Lashbrook.

Drafts of the plan, which has been in progress since October 2002, are available at the Truckee Library, Truckee Town Hall and the Truckee Tahoe Airport District office.

Besides taking public input, the meeting will focus on the methodology planners used to come up with noise compatibility standards.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday at Truckee Town Hall at 6 p.m.


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