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Truckee development: Monday workshop looks at proposed Coldstream project

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

Sun File PhotoThe Coldstream development from the air shows the ponds where gravel was mined for decades.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; A joint meeting between town council and the planning commission Monday kicks off a proposed multi-month public process on Planned Community One, a development proposed to the east of Donner Lake.

Owned by Teichert Aggregates, the 178-acre project site sits on a former gravel mining area adjacent to Donner Memorial State Park, at the mouth of Coldstream Canyon. It could include up to 70,000 square feet of retail and commercial space, 345 residential units and would reportedly keep 109 acres as open space.

Monday’s meeting aims to bring the town council, planning commission and general public back up to speed on the project, allowing them to ask questions and discuss the project and#8212; no action will be taken, according to staff reports.

and#8220;It’s been a while since we’ve had a full update on the project, so we’ll be going over the draft specific plan, touching on the environmental review and#8212; but really the brunt of the discussion will be focused on public benefits,and#8221; said Jenna Endres, associate planner with the town.

The project could create publicly accessible open-space, re-shape the old mining ponds for public use, create the western connection of the Truckee River Legacy Trail and help with other infrastructure issues in the general area, according to a staff report.

With the economic downturn, town council, in recent goal-setting meetings, questioned whether it should be more and#8220;proactive in focusing economic development to appropriate areas,and#8221; such as downtown.

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The question of appropriate development will be tacked later with an economic impact analysis, performed by AECOM Economics from San Francisco, with a workshop vetting possible economic impacts from the project on the rest of the town sometime in August.

Beyond the possible economic ramifications of up to 70,000 square feet of commercial space, other considerations that have come to light so far are possible compatibility issues with Donner Memorial State Park, the possibility of re-connecting Deerfield Drive, water quality issues and flooding in Coldstream Canyon and noise, according to staff reports.

Members of the public will get further opportunities to learn about those issues and weigh in at planned public workshops for the review of environmental analysis documents (the EIR), a fall workshop considering the draft of the economic impact analysis, and winter workshops and hearings considering the project’s draft specific plan.