Truckee Railyard approved |

Truckee Railyard approved

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE and#8212; The Truckee Railyard Master Plan was approved unanimously by town council Wednesday night.

Around 100 people packed the room for Wednesday’s meeting, and the majority that spoke supported the 75-acre project planned east of downtown.

“You are supported by virtually all the fathers and mothers of the community,” said Jim Simon, attorney with Porter Simon, and went on to list many other groups including the Mountain Area Preservation Foundation, the Truckee Donner Railroad Society, and other individuals and businesses that voiced their support.

Siobhan Smart, representing the Friends of Truckee, accompanied by two attorneys, reiterated their concerns with the project, and laid out the areas the group would challenge the project in a lawsuit.

“Although you have enormous support for your project here, we have received over 1,000 responses,” Smart said.

But many of those who spoke in favor of the project also challenged the Friends of Truckee.

“To the so-called and self proclaimed Friends of Truckee … it is my belief you are few in your view … and I’ll ask for your support as well,” said Ted Owens, a former mayor of Truckee and current Nevada County supervisor.

Ultimately, project owner Rick Holliday said he was ready to weather a legal storm.

“We will prevail and we will bring you this project to you,” Holliday said.

See Friday’s Sierra Sun for the complete story

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