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Ridgeview development proposed

DARIN OLDE, Sierra Sun

The new downtown development proposal called Ridgeview at Truckee may provide needed accommodations for middle- to low-income families.

Proposed by Fruit of Jibboom, LLC., the Ridgeview project calls for 76 residential townhomes within walking distance from Commercial Row.

The 997-acre parcel calls for downtown high density housing, or 24 units per acre, and would exemplify infill development.

Highly touted by land conservationists, infill development is an expansion practice that encourages preserving open space in favor of higher density or clustered projects.

On the north side of the project Interstate 80 forms a barrier, the cemetery would flank the project to the east and Jibboom Street to the south. Planners say the project is constrained by its surroundings and topographic considerations, which combine to limit the development potential of the site.

Four housing types are proposed, each between 987 and 1,705 square feet and ranging in price between $180,000 to $250,000.

To maintain an affordable project the developers have arranged for a wide variety of income levels and amenities including a recreation facility, on-site pedestrian trails, landscaping and underground utilities.

The town identifies two major advantages to the project:

– High-density residential units allow for a variety of housing opportunities.

– Housing along East Jibboom Street may allow for additional funding to build pedestrian access to downtown.

The project also calls for 1- or 2-car garages and 46 on-site parking spaces.

The project is designed to be constructed in three phases, the western portion and 26 units in phase one, the mid-portions and construction of 33 units in phase two and the portion adjacent to the cemetery with 17 units and the 1,500-square-foot recreational facility in phase three.

Longtime Truckee residents believe the area may have historical significance. And with the cemetery flanking the project to the east, they feel the developers should take measures to preserve its character.

“We are asking (the developers) to put a wall between their property and the cemetery, because the cemetery is going to attract kids and pets and people who live nearby,” said Truckee Cemetery District Chair Don Colclough. “The other thing that we asked (the developer) for is a play area for children, and that the play area be as far away from the cemetery as possible.”

Mountain Area Preservation Foundation, which has not submitted written comments yet, plans to address the availability of a park setting, a play-area for children and some kind of buffer between adjacent properties. “Overall it looks like a very nice project,” MAPF President Stefanie Olivieri said. “It is consistent with the Downtown Specific Plan, and it certainly is needed.”

Building within developed areas of downtown may require special attention to traffic, storage and potential disturbances for neighboring property owners.

“There are a number categories that have to be addressed, noise is just one of them,” said Stacy Wydra, the assistant planner with the Town of Truckee who has been assigned to the project. “At this point it’s too early to tell what mitigation measures are going to be required … basically it’s (determined) project to project.”

Comments or requests for additional information must be received by the department no later than Friday, Jan. 26. Contact Stacy Wydra at (530) 582-7700.


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