Truckee General Plan update nears the end
After four years, the update of Truckees General Plan is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2006. The Town of Truckee Planning Commission held its final 2025 General Plan review session Wednesday. Commissioners and town officials also discussed how and when the public hearings will be conducted before the plan is brought to the Truckee Town Council.Were docking a large ship right now, said Cadie Olsen, planning commission chair. Well bring it safely into shore.The four review sessions were designed for the planning commission and the public to ask questions regarding the towns General Plan, which is essentially a blueprint for future growth. The last session referred to conservation and open space as well as any other topics not addressed in the plan. Duane Hall, town planner, said the documents vision statement to protect and conserve its natural resources has taken on much more significance since it was first written four years ago. With new development in the Truckee area Hall said a new element was added to the General Plan to address concerns.The community character element includes the towns scenic resources such as Donner Lake and the Truckee River, along with the scenic corridor along Highway 89. The preservation of the towns night sky will be addressed with the dark sky model ordinance. Hall also showed a map of the master plan for hiking and biking trails, mentioning the Truckee River Legacy Trail that will connect to downtown and into the Glenshire area. Bob Johnston, planning commission vice chair, asked Hall about natural resources as they relate to new projects.Have you ever considered controlling logging? Johnston asked, making reference to several of the larger developments in Truckee.Hall said developers arent allowed to begin removing trees from the property without approval of their plans first. Olsen said she was concerned about the implementation of the General Plan as the town heads into the future.The technology and science is rapidly evolving, Olsen said.John McLaughlin, town community development director, said the plan remains general in how it guides the growth of our community.The planning commission has scheduled two public hearings for Aug.14 and 15 to cover the different elements of the General Plan. The meetings will take place at 6 p.m. at Town Hall Council Chambers. Commissioners said individuals will have three minutes to voice their comments on the scheduled topic covered during the hearing. Organizations or larger groups will be given 10 minutes to speak their opinions.Hall said written comments using correct references to the General Plan offer a better likelihood of being addressed. The planning commission will deliberate on Aug. 22 before presenting the General Plan for discussion to the Town Council.
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