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Truckee girds for growth in ’05

Although 2004 was a year of rapid growth for Truckee, 2005 could bring an even faster pace of development to town, Truckee officials said in a year-end report on growth.Truckee’s downtown, Glenshire and the area along Brockway Road could see the largest residential development next year, while commercial and industrial development will continue at high levels to meet the demand of the growing population, the report said. Residential development rose by two percent in 2004, with 215 residential units completed during the year. Town officials forecast that more than 300 new residential units could be completed in 2005.But commercial and industrial growth was the big story of 2004. Town officials say those sectors have taken off as the town has emerged as a resort destination and a regional center for North Tahoe residents and visitors.”Right now, with what we are looking at, we don’t see a letdown in development in the next few years,” said Duane Hall, Truckee town planner. At the forefront of new development are four large proposals that could dramatically change the way that Truckee looks.The railyard project and the Hilltop proposal bracket Truckee’s downtown to the east and to the south of Commercial Row. These two projects sit within the town’s downtown specific plan and, if built, could serve as extensions of the town’s commercial and pedestrian-oriented center.The railyard east of downtown is owned by Holliday Development and has preliminary plans for a mix of commercial and residential development on the site. Holliday Development is working with the town and the railroad to come up with a plan that centers development on the portion of the property closest to downtown and incorporates a realignment of Trout Creek through the site.The Hilltop project ties together five separately-owned parcels into a 53-acre specific plan for the area next to the Cottonwood Restaurant overlooking downtown. Plans for the property show 286 residential units and between 50,000 and 75,000 square feet of commercial development for the site that extends back to Palisades Drive. Planned Community 1, a plan for residential development on land owned by Teichert Aggregates near Donner Memorial State Park, could add a couple hundred homes to the area just east of Donner Lake. Teichert has not yet submitted a complete plan to the town on the project.Planned Community 3, near the intersection of Brockway Road and Highway 267, is proposing residential, commercial and industrial development on 100 acres of land on both sides of the 267 Bypass.Development activity along Brockway Road has been heavy since the 267 Bypass was completed and cut down traffic on Brockway and through downtown. The town had a moratorium on growth for the Brockway corridor before the Bypass was completed. All four of the projects will have to be heard by the Truckee Planning Commission and the Town Council before a decision is made.Glenshire, meanwhile, will also see a couple of proposals that have already raised eyebrows throughout the community. Tahoe Boca, which proposes 250 residential lots to the east of Glenshire, is currently undergoing an Environmental Impact Report that could be ready as early as next spring. It has already elicited a large amount of criticism from Glenshire residents because of traffic and biological resource concerns.Sierra Bluffs, a proposal for 45 lots near the steep cliffs that rise from the Truckee River as it passes below Glenshire, will also likely come before the planning commission next year. A disagreement over how many lots are allowed on the property has already drawn attention.Another plan, dubbed Knight’s Crossing, is being reviewed by town staff. It would add approximately 38,000 square feet of retail and office space to the center of Glenshire.”A lot is happening in Glenshire, especially compared with previous years,” said Hall.Info Graph2004Residential units built – 215Single family homes built – 142Residential lots created – 423Commercial square-footage built – 102,855Industrial square-footage built – 29,573Other non-residential square-footage built – 87,000Existing, under construction and approved residential units – 12,205Remaining residential units allowed to be built under the 1996 General Plan – 5,955 For a list of current development proposals and their location in the planning process go to http://www.truckee2025.org/planning/projects1.htm