Refined Coldstream project is unveiled |

Refined Coldstream project is unveiled

Ryan Salm/Sierra SunThe Coldstream development site from the air shows the ponds where gravel was mined for decades. A new specific plan has been released for public and town review.

Updated plans for the development of a former aggregate mining site at the base of Coldstream Canyon in Truckee are now available for public review.

While not a radical departure from previous proposals, the Coldstream Specific Plan outlines in greater detail what the planned community could include. The 178-acre property was the site of gravel mining from the early 1950s to 1984. Teichert Aggregates acquired the property in 1966.

By submitting the specific plan to the Town of Truckee, Teichert’s proposed development will again enter public review, moving forward through meetings, environmental study, and ultimately a decision by the Truckee town council.

“This is not going to be a slam-dunk review process,” said Jaime LaChance, an assistant planner with the Town of Truckee. “Other similar projects took at least two years from submittal to approval, so there will be plenty of opportunities for the public to comment.”

LaChance said town staff is still reviewing the document, so she could not comment on specific details, or the completeness of the plan.

Once staff finishes the review, the plan will go to public meetings, while planners begin an environmental impact report to study the new development’s long-term effects, she said.

The new plan adds detail on architectural standards, landscaping, open space and water treatment, said Project Manager Mike Isle with Teichert Aggregates, the property owners.

“We’ve been working with the Truckee River Watershed Council to consider restoration and enhancement opportunities on Cold Creek,” Isle said. “And the ponds will also be reshaped.”

Other parts of the development that drew interest from the community in past meetings include the possible completion of Deerfield Drive, a connection to the Truckee River Legacy Trail, and a buffer between the new development and Donner Memorial State Park.

Isle said the plan classifies the Deerfield connection as “emergency access,” which could use fencing, posts and cable, or landscaping to limit its use as a thoroughfare, depending on what the town decides.

Talks with the state park are still in progress on a buffer, LaChance said.

Isle said the development team took a number of steps to address the project’s boundary, using landscaping and minimizing light intrusion.

Executive Director Leigh Fitzpatrick of the Truckee Trails Foundation said he has only taken a first look at the project, but liked the plan’s trail system.

“At first look it looked great; it seems to offer something for everyone,” Fitzpatrick said.

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