Town begins EIR process for Boca Sierra Estates
The developers of Planned Community 2 have given the go-ahead to town planning staff to move forward with the next step in the process – soliciting proposals to conduct an Environmental Impact Review and an economic analysis of the proposed development.
“We got the check yesterday,” Community Development Director Tony Lashbrook said. “We are going to be circulating a notice of preparation for the the EIR and will be soliciting proposals for the economic analysis and the EIR.” The town received a $5,000 deposit toward the costs of staff time.
He said the town should receive bid proposals back in about a month from companies hoping to conduct the EIR or economic analysis, after which town council will consider the bids and approve one.
Costs for the studies will be paid by the Hopkins Family, owners of PC-2.
Lashbrook said both the EIR and economic analysis include public scoping workshops, in which the town council will fine-tune the scope of the studies.
The economic analysis will consider different locations for the commercial area in PC-2, looking at the current proposed location in the triangle formed by Interstate 80, Highway 89 and the Highway 267 Bypass, as well as another location to the east of the bypass, Lashbrook said.
Hopkins Family representative Brian Mullins said he’s looking forward to working with the town to evaluate the results of the EIR and economic analysis.
“From this point forward, we will be in EIR and economic analysis mode for the next six to eight months,” Mullins said. “Hopefully we will have hearings on the draft EIR in July or August 1999.”
He said results of the economic analysis should be favorable for Truckee.
Developer sees project as complement
“We believe the resort hotel will complement Downtown Truckee, and believe the commercial component will not compete with downtown, because the first phase will be a grocery store and the second phase will be offices.”
Mullins said because of the length of time it has taken to get the development to this point, there is no definite tenant for the proposed grocery store space.
“We’ve received numerous inquiries from national chains seeking to locate in Truckee,” Mullins said. “However, because of the length of time it has taken to get to this point, no serious negotiations have occurred.”
Mullins said the draft specific plan for PC-2 was revised in response to concerns raised during the last public workshop on the project. It now shows clearly the pedestrian and bicycle trails throughout the site, and whether the trail is paved or dirt.
Town staff conducted three workshops in July to receive public input concerning the planned Boca Sierra Estates development on PC- 2, an 800-acre parcel located mostly northeast of the I-80/Highway 89 Intersection. About 160 people attended those meetings, spoke with town staff and asked questions of the developers, who modified their plans in response to some of the expressed concerns. A final workshop was conducted at a town council meeting in September.
Boca Sierra Estates, designated as PC-2 under the general plan, is located on the north side of I-80 along both sides of Highway 89. The property encompasses 789 acres and includes meadows and heavily timbered hillsides.
According to the summary plan, phase one of the proposed development includes construction of an 80,000-square-foot grocery market retail center on a plot of forested land surrounded by Highway 89 on the west, the Highway 267 Bypass on the northeast, and I-80 to the south.
Also included in the first phase is a destination resort with 100 to 150 rooms, a clubhouse, an 18-hole golf course, and between 100 and 150 residential parcels for custom homes or multi-family units near the golf course, open space zoning and trail easement.
Phase two of the proposed project included a mixed commercial use village center of between 30,000 and 95,000 square feet in size, once the Highway 267 Bypass is completed, along with 32 to 70 parcels for custom homes or multi-family units.
Phase three includes 83 parcels for custom homes, followed by phase four with a residential and estate area located on the west side of Highway 89 North.
Land for public use is also incorporated in the proposed plan – specifically a church site located on the north side of Alder Drive and a public parcel located on the south side of Alder, for a middle school, fire station and recreational athletic fields.
Developers estimate that the project, when built out, will bring in approximately $4.1 million in tax revenue yearly. Buildout on the project could take more than 20 years. Total impact fees for the project during the same period are estimated at $6.7 million. Once the project is completed, developers estimate it will provide 590 permanent, year-round jobs – excluding construction jobs.
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