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Town general plan reaches phase 2

Scott Hess

The Town of Truckee has moved into phase two of its General Plan Update, and is holding the first in a series of several public workshops on Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. at town hall.The original general plan, which was adopted in 1996, is now out of date, according to town officials. Town planner Duane Hall said the original general plan was hastily put together, because the town “needed to get up and running” after incorporation in 1993.Phase one brought the town and many community members together during four workshops. The town educated the community about the original general plan and what a general plan should be to a town in the first workshop.In the next three workshops, the two groups together identified what issues needed to be updated, what issues were non-existent in the original plan and applied what Truckee meant to them in a revised vision statement.In the first meeting of phase two, the Truckee Town Council and Planning Commission will give a summary of phase one and discuss how the rest of the update process will work. In addition, the town, with the help of planners Design, Community & Environment, will approve the scope and costs of phase two.One decision the town will have to make – likely with input and feedback from the public – is which direction it wants to head in for phase two. D,C&E drafted two different scopes for phase two, one of which fits in the town’s approved funds for phase two.The second proposal costs more, but would include community character and economic development, according to a report from the planners. Whichever option the town chooses, it will cost the town between $355,000 and $530,000 for phase two. The total cost of the update will be between $510,000 and $685,000.Should the town council and planning commission agree on the second option, the plan would be extended with six additional workshops, six breakfast meetings and collaboration with the Sierra Business Council, according to D,C&E’s report.The second option would also incorporate a special workshop dedicated to landowner requests and the addition of a consultant to prepare conservation, open space and safety reports, as well as an environmental impact report.According to Hall, the whole General Plan Update process is scheduled to be finished in summer 2004, but several factors could delay the completion date.For more information on the General Plan Update, visit http://www.trucke2025.org.