Siller Ranch employee housing plan approved
Placer County supervisors Tuesday required that Siller Ranch, a gated 726-home project in the Martis Valley, build housing for 245 of its employees. The decision keeps with a compromise struck earlier between Truckee officials and Placer County staff. Although the exact location of the employee units is undecided, town officials and the Workforce Housing Association of Truckee Tahoe (WHATT) have backed the measure that calls for nearly double the amount of employee housing than was recommended at the last county meeting.”WHATT views this as a giant first step,” said Rachelle Pellissier, executive director of WHATT.Even Placer County supervisors expressed satisfaction in the negotiation of a compromise, even after the county denied Truckee’s appeal of the project’s approval.”We did the right thing,” said Bill Santucci, who represents Placer County’s first district. “And I’m glad we were able to negotiate a number [of employee housing units].” Siller Ranch, which now has final approval, will be separate from the employee housing project, which will undergo its own environmental review. The conditions of approval, however, assure that the construction of Siller’s homes do not proceed ahead of the employee housing creation.Possible sites for the employee housing include the 2,177 acres of the Siller Ranch project and Hopkins Ranch, another Martis Valley development owned by DMB Highlands Group, said Placer County Planning Director Fred Yeager. Hopkins Ranch received approval from Placer County last year, but is under legal challenge from several regional environmental groups.