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Truckee Donner PUD considering prime land sales

Christine Stanley
Sierra Sun

A 160-acre parcel adjacent to Tahoe Donner may soon be put up for sale.

The property, once owned by the McGlashan family and acquired by the Truckee Donner Public Utility District with the purchase of the McGlashan water system, is being eyed as a source of revenue for the cash-strapped utility provider.

And while the parcel is ideally located in the open-space scheme of things for Truckee, it has been zoned for development.

“There is absolutely nothing anywhere near Truckee that resembles this piece of land,” said Sarah Trebilcock, a founding member the Truckee River Watershed Council and a botanist who has studied the McGlashan property extensively. “I hope that there can be a way for the (Truckee River) Watershed Council or the (Truckee Donner) Land Trust or another entity to preserve this (parcel) while helping the profits of the PUD,”

The 160-acre plot, which is located between Skislope Way and the Armstrong Tract, is partially bordered by U.S. Forest Service land and contains nearly double the number of species found in most other habitats in the area, Trebilcock said. It also houses one of just two old-growth seed-bearing cedar groves in Truckee. The other grove is located near Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal.

The value of the McGlashan property has not yet been determined, but expectations are that the price tag would be substantial.

If the property was sold as public land, there would be a strong possibility for creating access to the Donner Rim Trail, said Sara Taddo, land conservation director for the Truckee Donner Land Trust.

“It will be several months before the issue to sell really comes up,” said district general manager Peter Holzmeister. “It would benefit the Truckee rate payers if we could get the maximum number of dollars when we sell land.

“On the other hand, money isn’t everything, and sometimes you are willing to accept less if you can put the land toward a good purpose for the citizens.”

Selling land has put roughly $4 million into the district’s coffers in recent years, according to Holzmeister, the bulk of which came from the sale of property off of

Brockway Road across from the Truckee River Regional Park where a housing development is now being built.

In addition to the McGlashan plot, two other properties are being considered for

sale as well.

The district is hoping to off-load the land that was once the office site for the Glenshire Mutual Water Company as soon as possible.

“We spent money connecting the Glenshire water system to the Truckee water system, and if we can sell that piece of land we can help defray the cost of that connection price,” Holzmeister said.

Portions of the district’s corporation yard that are not being used are also being prepared for sale.

Neither the corporation yard or the Glenshire site has been appraised.