Town considers Del Oro project
The Del Oro Water Company has proposed construction of a Donner Lake water treatment facility which, during the initial review period, has met with preliminary town approval. But the project has a long way to go.
The Del Oro Water Company is pursuing a series of various system improvements to finally achieve compliance with state regulations, but making the necessary system improvements requires the approval of at least 10 rule-governed agencies, including the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and the California State Lands Commission.
The Del Oro Water Company purchased the Donner Lake Water Company, which had been cited for non-compliance of California regulations, in 1993. Donner Lake Water Company’s citation mandated upgrades to the Donner Lake area water treatment system.
The new water company submitted a conditional use permit application but withdrew the application after hearing town and community concerns about the proposed project.
A revised compliance order was issued to the water company in September 1999 by the State Department of Health Services. The revised compliance order mandates project completion by the end of this year.
The current proposed project is similar in scope to the original Del Oro proposal but contains an alternate primary site for the water treatment building.
The primary site of the current proposal is located on an undeveloped 29-acre parcel at the northwest end of Donner Lake. Proposed development on this site includes construction of a 5,600 square foot water treatment building, two 125,000-gallon above ground water storage tanks, one 44,000-gallon above ground backwash tank and related site improvements, such as driveways and landscaping.
The facility is proposed to connect with the overall system upon the installation of two water lines through an adjacent parcel which fronts Donner Pass Road.
The project also proposes the installation of an in-lake pump and intake structure and the installation of related transmission pipeline within the parking area of Donner Lake Village Resort.
The replacement of a 210,000 gallon tank located within Placer County with a new 500,000 gallon tank is also proposed as part of this project.
Placer County staff agreed to defer lead agency status to the Town of Truckee because the system-wide improvements otherwise occur within the Town.
Town planning staff have prepared an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the project which states that the project will not have a significant effect on the environment because mitigation measures have been added to the project. A negative declaration will be prepared, the initial study reported.
A public hearing before the Town of Truckee Planning Commission has been scheduled for this project at 6 p.m. March 8, in the Truckee-Donner Public Utility District board room.
In other business, town planners postponed their decision concerning the Alpen Hostel conditional use permit application and approved the hearing site plan application for Tahoe Donner’s Town Center.
The Alpen Hostel project site is located on the southwest side of Highway 267 approximately one-half mile east of Palisades Drive.
The project proposes the construction of a 46-unit motel on a 1.49-acre parcel. Four buildings totaling 19,482 square feet are proposed.
The buildings will be constructed on existing foundations and access will be provided by an existing driveway.
The Town Center project site is located between the Trout Creek Recreation Center and the building housing Ames Deli.
The project was originally reviewed and approved by the planning commission in May, 1997.
Building permits and/or site grading for the project were not initiated within the two-year life of the land use permit, which expired in May, 1999.
The current project proposes to reactivate the 1997 land use approval with minor modifications to the exterior building design, internal square footage and internal configuration.
Town staff found that the slight modifications did not alter in any significant way the 1997 approved project and recommended that the newly submitted project receive planning commission approval.
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