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Truckee downtown offices banned

Sun staff reports

The Truckee ordinance banning offices on the ground floor of Commercial Row was approved Thursday by town council.

The ban will go through one more public hearing in March, and take effect in March or April of this year. The ban on non-retail, non-restaurant and non-bar uses came in response to concerns that offices do not contribute to the vitality of the downtown area, and could displace those uses if left unchecked.

Originally passed as a 45-day urgency ordinance last October, the temporary ban was extended to a year on Dec. 7, 2006, allowing town staff to explore four options for a more permanent solution, according to staff reports.

The four options included an outright prohibition of offices on the ground floor of Commercial Row; a conditional use permit process in which some offices could apply for permits; an appeal process in which a property owner unable to rent to retail could then rent to offices; or doing nothing and allowing the market to dictate tenancy on Commercial Row.

Associate Planner Jenna Endres said staff recommended the outright ban as the town’s permanent solution, which town council approved during Thursday’s first reading.