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Resort proposal includes spa, lodge and homesites

JOHN A. BAYLESS, Sierra Sun

Owners of a 600-acre tract in Truckee seek to construct a large destination resort along Interstate 80, on the former site of a proposed 40-home subdivision.

The property lies along both sides of I-80 west of the Prosser Village Road Interchange. However, all buildings proposed by the landowners would be south of I-80, on about 60 acres near the Old Airport Flats.

If approved by the Town of Truckee, the proposed “Truckee Sierra Resort and Spa” would be a gated commercial timeshare project, consisting of 235 vacation cabins, a 31,000-square foot lodge, three tennis courts, an equestrian center, recreational field and trails for cross-country skiing, horseback riding and biking.

The cabins would range in size from 1,500 to 2,000 square feet.

The lodge would include 21 one-bedroom suites, as well as swimming pools, outdoor spas, a fitness and spa center, general store/deli, sales office, multi-purpose room, grand lodge room and a reception facility and office.

Other structures to be built would be a 5,400-square-foot maintenance building and a 500-square-foot gatehouse.

Truckee Community Development Director Tony Lashbrook said the project falls within the General Plan description for the area.

“It’s in the general plan designation which allows for residential or lodging as long as it is 90 percent open space and 10 percent development,” Lashbrook said. He said the planning commission will probably hold the first public hearing on the project in November.

According to Lashbrook, preliminary results from the Boca Sierra Estates Economic Analysis show that the average occupancy of a second home in Truckee is 25 percent of the year.

“That includes occupancy by the owner, his friends and any short-term rentals, so maybe timeshares aren’t a bad idea,” Lashbrook said.

The town planning department is currently looking at a number of issues with the proposed plan, including visual, cultural and wildlife impacts.

The site, which is in a wooded area, would be almost invisible from the freeway, Lashbrook said.

According to the proposal submitted to the Town of Truckee, the recreation cabins, lodge and internal streets would be constructed on about 59 acres of the property, and equestrian facilities, tennis courts and recreation field on another 7 acres. The remaining 526 acres of the site would be open space.

Infrastructure for the development would include:

– A private access road from the Old Truckee Airport Road to the development area and internal streets.

– Emergency access road from the development area to the Fibreboard Undercrossing.

– Outfall sewer line from Glenshire Drive or East River Street to the project site and internal sewer collectors.

– Water main from Glenshire Drive to the project site and internal water service lines, with a 250,000 gallon water storage tank.

– Underground electrical, television and telephone utilities within the development site.

As part of their application, the property owners are requesting:

– Zoning amendment, if necessary, to allow recreational/resort uses on the portion of the property southeast of I-80 as a conditional use through the Planned Development process.

– Conditional use permit to construct and operate the project as proposed.

– Tentative map to divide the 592-acre parcel into seven parcels. The parcels will coincide with phases of the project.

– Planned development to establish the phasing and time frames for construction of the project and to set special construction, operation and maintenance development standards for the project.

Until the developers, the Hofman Foundation of Foundation of Sacramento, submitted preliminary plans for the resort in April, the site was proposed as Crystal Ranch Estates, a 40-home subdivision.

In 1990, the previous owners proposed a huge commercial/industrial development on the property, with 3.1 million square feet of commercial, industrial and office space spread over all 600 acres.


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