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Town council reviews Truckee redevelopment process

Sierra Sun Staff

Truckee Town Council will conduct a public meeting tonight to explain the establishment and functions of the Project Area Committee, which will be formed as part of the redevelopment process in Truckee.

The meeting, which will begin at 6, will offer those within the redevelopment project area an opportunity to learn how they can be involved in the redevelopment process as members of the committee.

Who makes up PAC?

The Project Area Committee is an elected body composed of residents, property owners, community organizations and other nonprofit organizations within the redevelopment area.

Anyone who wishes to serve on the PAC must own property, rent property or operate a business within the project area.

During the meeting, materials will be distributed to the public and the participants can begin the process of nominating people to serve on the PAC. Following the public informational meeting, the council will adopt PAC election procedures.

The PAC election has been tentatively scheduled for April 16. Election ballots and information will be mailed to all individuals who are eligible to vote in the PAC.

PAC responsibilities include reviewing the Redevelopment Plan, making recommendations regarding specific public projects, reviewing potential impacts of the Redevelopment Plan on low and moderate income housing, and advising on implementation activities.

The PAC will be responsible for submitting a formal recommendation on the Redevelopment Plan to the Town Council.

The project area encompasses Truckee’s downtown, the Hilltop area, the old mill site, PC-1 and most parcels on both sides of Donner Pass Road.

Town to hear appeal on second unit

Town council will also hear an appeal of a recent action by Zoning Administrator Tony Lashbrook to approve a conditional use permit for a second dwelling unit in a residence on Reed Road in the Lakeview subdivision near Donner Lake.

The neighboring property owners appealed Lashbrook’s decision to approve the CUP for the unit, citing the small size of the existing lots, high density of the subdivision, and lack of adequate infrastructure to serve the existing residents of the subdivision. Many residents from the immediate area have also written letters in opposition to the approval of the second unit.

Lashbrook acted to find the project consistent with the second unit development standards and mandatory conditional use permit findings as provided by staff. The current development standards do not provide specific minimum infrastructure requirements in support of a second unit.

Town staff’s review of the traffic volumes associated with the second unit and discussion with the Truckee Fire Protection District found there would be no significant impact upon the roadways in the neighborhood, or any impact in providing fire service.

The second unit, which is on the first floor of a three-story home, is currently occupied. The owner submitted an application for a permit after receiving notification from the town that the unit was in violation of the town codes.

Western undercrossing

In other business, the council will consider approval of the mitigated negative declaration for the western undercrossing. Town council delayed approval of the declaration during its last meeting, because of several letters received by the planning department just before the meeting. Town staff reviewed the additional letters and public comment, and included them in the packet for council consideration in the meeting.

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