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Town reviews proposed plan amendments

Ronda C. Sluder

Town council will review recommendations to initiate a general plan amendment regarding the sphere of influence land-use designations.

The meeting will be tonight at 6 at Town Hall.

Tony Lashbrook, community development director, said for more than a year the town has been preparing a report for the Local Agency Formation Commission to consider Truckee’s sphere of influence. He said the proposal has significantly changed since the initial draft was reviewed last year.

“The current sphere of influence report substantially incorporates the land use designations established by the county general plan for the unincorporated property included in the sphere area,” Lashbrook said. “The report reflects a neutral position on future consolidation or reorganizations but identifies the town’s willingness to participate in cooperative studies.”

Lashbrook said the sphere of influence’s unincorporated area has been altered from 34 square miles to 13 with the exclusion of the airport district property.

Even though the sphere of influence report has already been reviewed by town council, new amendment language and annexation policies in the general plan have not, Lashbrook said.

“The current general plan attempts to delay development in the unincorporated areas until the infill sites are substantially developed,” Lashbrook said. “It was the direction of the council to modify the town’s general plan to incorporate the county’s general plan land uses.”

An additional 500 residential units would be provided as a result of the development designations in the sphere of influence, Lashbrook said.

“The land uses in the sphere of influence area are primarily residential or open space with a small area of commercial in Hirschdale and recreation at the United Trails RV park,” he said.

In addition, council will review preparation of a joint environmental document between LAFCo’s consideration of Truckee’s sphere of influence and the town’s consideration of the general plan amendment, and accepting a draft annexation policy, Lashbrook said.

For the environmental review, Lashbrook said these issues were recently addressed through the county and town general plan process.

“The town’s effort will allow LAFCo to adopt their sphere of influence for the town without preparation of an additional environmental document,” he said.

As for annexation, LAFCo wants to know when the town is going to take action, Lashbrook said.

“It is assumed that the policies may need to be modified in response to public and agency comment that occurs during the formal review of the Truckee sphere of influence,” Lashbrook said. “There is no need to adopt annexation policies unless and until the sphere of influence is approved by LAFCo.”


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