Town council objects to airport plan
The Truckee-Tahoe Airport District Board of Directors does not have the information necessary to understand the impacts of the Airport Master Plan, town staff members informed town council last Thursday.
In a presentation to town council, Town Planner Duane Hall discussed the shortcomings of the Draft Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration of the Airport Master Plan, explaining that the document does not meet the statutory requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act.
The Mitigated Negative Declaration does not conclusively demonstrate that adoption of the Airport Master Plan will not result in significant effects on the environment
In other business, Community Development Director Tony Lashbrook announced that the Town of Truckee has been awarded a $997,500 grant from the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development.
Town council agreed in November to apply for the grant which is earmarked for the Sierra Pines Project, an 80-unit affordable housing project still in the planning process.
The Sierra Pines Project has not yet been approved, Lashbrook said, and will face public review next month.
If approved, the town will loan to the Sierra Pines project developer the $997,500 grant award amount. The developer will repay the loan and the funds will then be available to other project developers making affordable housing more available in the Truckee area.
Last week, for the first time in four years, Truckee residents were unable to view on television the regularly scheduled Truckee town council meeting. Truckee-Tahoe Community Television was unable to transmit coverage of the meeting.
“Our crew was there and set up,” TTCTV Manager John Echols said. “It was just a technical fluke we couldn’t get on top of, partly because it was such a short meeting. This is the first one in four years we haven’t covered. But the public can count on us for next time.”
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