Tahoe Donner homeowners find middle ground for new forestry building | SierraSun.com

Tahoe Donner homeowners find middle ground for new forestry building

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Tahoe Donner Association has decided against open space site locations for its new forestry multi-use facility, a move officials credited to public scrutiny from many residents who opposed the idea.

After three separate forums with homeowners meant to explain reasoning behind the four potential sites and#8212; three of which were adjacent to open space land and#8212; Tahoe Donner announced after an executive board meeting on Sept. 18 it will abandon those sites.

and#8220;After a more detailed analysis, a number of challenges were identified for the Alder Creek and Ski Slope sites (the three sites on open space land), and management decided to remove them from planning consideration,and#8221; said Annie Rosenfeld, director of facilities and risk management, in an association press release.

Rosenfeld described each forum as well-attended by homeowners who voiced thoughtful commentary about possible challenges.

Kathleen Doler, a homeowner who spearheaded the campaign against the open space sites, said she attended all of the three forums and#8212; composed of a PowerPoint presentation and question-and-answer period and#8212; and was happy with resident support.

and#8220;Member comments unanimously opposed the use of open space and questioned the expense of the project,and#8221; Doler said. and#8220;Our and#8216;Save Tahoe Donner Trailsand#8217; group obtained 500 signatures, and around 100 or so Tahoe Donner members sent letters to the board.and#8221;

Going forward, Rosenfeld said the Northwoods Boulevard site, off open space land, is still going to be considered; however, it will be a low priority, as other commercially zoned sites inside and outside Tahoe Donner are being evaluated.

and#8220;Ultimately our objective is to address the facility and operational deficiencies for forestry, maintenance and vehicle maintenance for the long-term, but in balance with the many other identified recreational deficiencies,and#8221; Rosenfeld said.

The need for the forestry project, according to the Tahoe Donner Association, is the result of 15 years of increased usage and residential growth in the area, thus demanding greater facilities.

Describing the change of course, Doler said it was a and#8220;big winand#8221; for homeowners who saw the now-dismissed three sites as encroaching to Tahoe Donner’s vast open space and#8212; a portal to the areaand#8217;s 35 miles of single-track and fire-road trails.

Doler commended the Tahoe Donner board for listening to residents and praised fellow homeownersand#8217; consistent stand to be heard.

and#8220;They listened to us,and#8221; Doler said. and#8220;Every person and organization who contributed to this effort and coached us along the way helped create this outcome.and#8221;

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