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Town to review project proposals

ANNE GROGAN, Sierra Sun

Tahoe Truckee Medical Group has submitted to the town’s planning department a project proposal to convert a historic single-family residence on West River Street into a professional office.

The residence, located at 10115 West River St., currently offers parking spaces for two vehicles. The medical group may require as many as eight spaces, which presents a problem for the proposed project, Associate Planner Gavin Ball said.

Because all new uses of existing structures require parking on-site, a variance application has been proposed for the use of three off-site parking spaces in the West River Street right of way. The parking spaces have always been used to serve the building, but the medical group has applied for sole rights to the right of way.

Ball said that variances for parking, especially downtown, are not often approved, especially along major corridors such as West River Street, in part because other parking options exist, such as public lots.

Aside from the parking issue, the project is considered a favorable improvement to the structure, including landscaping, minor exterior improvements and frontage improvements, Ball said, and the project may be approved after a staff level review without the need for a public hearing.

Public hearings have been scheduled for two additional projects recently proposed to the town’s planning department.

Jeff and Patricia Baird have applied for a conditional use permit to construct a 46-unit motel/hostel on a 1.49-acre parcel approximately one-half mile east of Palisades Drive on Highway 267. The building foundations for the project are in place as the result of an earlier project abandoned in 1984.

The project proposes four buildings: two two-story buildings and one three-story building to house guests and a common area facility whose use is yet to be determined by the applicant. A third two-story building will house the manager’s unit and the hotel office.

It is the intention of the applicants that the hotel/hostel guests be allowed to stay as many as 30 days. Kitchenettes will be included in each unit.

Access will be provided by an existing driveway encroachment onto Highway 267. Community water will be provided by the Truckee-Donner Public Utility District and the Truckee Sanitary District and the Tahoe-Truckee Sanitation Agency will provide sewage collection and treatment service.

An Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (statement of no significant environmental effects) has been prepared for the project. The study identified potentially significant environmental impacts, but mitigation measures are proposed to eliminate or reduce these impacts to a less than significant level.

Any concerns or issues relating to this project must be raised during the public review period or at a public hearing if those issues are to be used for the basis of an appeal.

Only those issues raised at the public hearing or in written correspondence delivered to the Community Development Department at or before the public hearing may be entered for discussion if the project is challenged in court.

The proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration and other information on the project are available for review at the Community Development Department, Planning Division, 11570 Donner Pass Road, Truckee.

A staff report with project recommendations will be available at the Community Development Department one week before the hearing, scheduled for Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. in the Truckee-Donner Public Utility District Board Room on Donner Pass Road.

Another Highway 267 proposed project currently before the planning department is the 80-unit Sierra Pines Apartment Housing Project located next to the Sierra Bible Church.

The project proposes construction of 68 very low- to low-income housing units and 12 market-rate units.

Additional information regarding this project is available by contacting Kelly Holm at 582-7876.

A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 3. Meeting time and place to be announced.


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