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Town’s future priorities set with conclusion of General Plan workshops

David Bunker, Sierra Sun

The two-year effort to update the document began in February 2003, and is slated to end in December of this year with the adoption of the update of the 1996 General Plan. The process has included 10 public workshops, a public survey and an Environmental Impact Report.

The General Plan is the town’s guiding document for physical development. The plan establishes goals and policies on land use, housing and traffic, among other things. All development proposals are judged for consistency with the General Plan before proceeding in the town approval process.

More than 40 possible priorities for Truckee were voted on by those attending the meeting. The 12 most popular choices were adopted by the town council and planning commission with a few alterations.

The 12 priorities (not ranked in any particular order) for Truckee in the upcoming General Plan are:

— Implement a plan to revitalize the riverfront area;

— Create an entity to manage and obtain affordable housing funding sources and coordinate affordable housing programs;

— Encourage the construction of secondary units (an example of a secondary unit would be a separate loft or apartment above a garage);

— Widen the Mousehole (the state Route 89 south underpass) or seek another alternative to improve traffic flow and safety for pedestrians and bicycles;

— Promote residential components to mixed use development through incentives;

— Amend the development code to promote open space preservation through residential clustering;

— Adopt an inclusionary housing ordinance that requires or provides incentives for a percentage of affordable housing in residential proposals;

— Create a strategy to attract and retain high-tech or “new economy” businesses;

— Encourage sustainable and green building practices through incentives;

— Conduct a land use and design study of the Gateway Corridor;

— Construct a Tahoe Donner connector to downtown and state Route 89 north;

— Work with Placer and Nevada counties to develop a coordinated open space strategy.

At the end of the meeting representatives from the Workforce Housing Association of Truckee Tahoe, California Association of Business, Property and Resource Owners and the Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors asked the town council and planning commission to zone the land donated by East West Partners near Coachland for affordable housing. The groups said that since the land is slated for donation, housing prices would not include the land cost – making the units truly affordable. The council and commission took no action on the parcel they had previously designated for open space.

For more information on the Town of Truckee General Plan update process, check out the archives at http://www.sierrasun.com.