Truckee River redevelopment strategy approved
October 21, 2005
A town strategy meant to encourage and guide redevelopment along the populated areas of the Truckee River was approved by the Truckee Town Council.Despite elements of the plan that maps out bridges, plazas and shops in vivid detail, council members said last week that the document will serve only as a strategy to spark redevelopment along the banks of the Truckee River. Details of the redevelopment will likely change as each piece of the redevelopment comes forward for review, said Councilman Richard Anderson.”The river plan was never meant to be a plan that has the force of law,” said Anderson. “It was meant to be a plan that developed concepts.”Town officials hope the strategy will guide the conversion of industrial businesses to shops, lodging and retail – uses that Truckee officials feel are more compatible with the delicate nature of the river.Councilwoman Barbara Green said that she voted for the strategy hoping that the ultimate vision for the river will change slightly as it materializes.”I wouldn’t want to see all of that built along the river because it is too massive,” Green said.The plan encompasses the Truckee River from where Donner Creek flows into the river to where it meets up with Trout Creek. Apart from the shops, housing and restaurants the document suggests, public river access and plazas are designated in three “nodes” along the river.One, located at the old Nevada County Corporation Yard, which was recently demolished by the town, will likely serve as the anchor for the redevelopment, officials said. Its location in the center of the river plan, and its proximity to downtown, may make it an ideal site to jump-start the revitalization of the river area.Two other public river areas will bracket the plan. One is envisioned as a park at Donner Creek, and the other is located near the proposed railyard development where Trout Creek joins the Truckee River.Although the river strategy includes potential building types and sketches of how the river corridor may develop, Anderson said he hopes property owners and the public are aware that the approved document will only serve as a tool to evaluate future development proposals.”Hopefully a developer is savvy enough to know that what is being proposed are concepts that will have to be hashed out in more detail,” Anderson said.