Town officials blast Siller Ranch proposal |

Town officials blast Siller Ranch proposal

Town officials voiced intense concern Thursday over a Placer County proposal for a gated community of more than 700 residential units and two golf courses off Schaffer Mill Road.

The town plans to write a letter to Placer County to respond to the Siller Ranch proposal that would heap traffic, housing and infrastructure demands on Truckee with only vague references to mitigation, town officials said.

“The housing impacts of this project are as big as we have seen,” said Community Development Director Tony Lashbrook. “This is a real test of Placer County’s intentions on housing impacts,” he said.

Council members were equally critical of the proposal. Mayor Josh Susman said the Draft Environmental Impact Report represented a “cavalier disregard for a lot of issues.”

“The mitigation proposed here … is ludicrous,” Susman said. “Unless we see something different from Placer County, collaboration is a dream.”

Council member Ted Owens noted that the development’s amenities, which include golf courses and a 500-seat amphitheater, would create a burden on Truckee without any benefit, since the development would be closed to the public. The area is slated to be so densely built, that it would amount to a clear-cutting of the existing forest, said Owens.

“Since these buildings are going setback-to-setback, there might be a dozen or two trees left,” he said.

Placer County Planning Director Fred Yeager said that it is still relatively early in the planning process, and Placer County will require the applicants to include affordable housing.

“The staff has put them on notice that they will need to include employee housing,” Yeager said. Placer County’s current policy requires a project include employee housing for half the workers employed in the new development.

The letter, which the council members urged be especially strong-worded, will be prepared by Jan. 5.

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