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Truckee Town Council briefs

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

One of Truckee’s major planned developments, the Railyard project will be up for review at Thursday’s town council meeting.

Located just east of downtown Truckee, the 62-acre site that once contained a lumber mill has been targeted for development as part of a public-private partnership between the town and Holliday Development.

Designed as an extension of the downtown core, the project could include a movie theater, residential units, retail space and a boutique hotel, according to the Truckee Railyard Draft Master Plan.

Development on the site will require relocation of the railroad’s “balloon track,” a large rail loop used for turning snowplow trains around, as well as re-alignments of Donner Pass Road, Glenshire Drive and Trout Creek.

Town Council will consider authorizing an agreement to complete planning for the Railyard, review the project, and consider supporting the development in its application for a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building neighborhood development rating, according to staff reports.

The rating would include principles of smart growth, urbanism and eco-friendly building, and is unique in its consideration of an entire neighborhood instead of a single building.

Two programs that charge new development for increasing traffic will be up for consideration before Truckee Town Council Thursday.

Traffic-impact fees are used to pay for road improvements to keep up with growing road congestion that results from increased development. Town council will consider approving an update to that fee, as well as an agreement with Placer County that will take into consideration the traffic impacts of projects across the county line.

The current traffic-impact fee could more than double, according to staff reports, adjusted to fund a list of projects that Truckee staff has planned to keep up with traffic as the town grows.

A study that proposed the changes to the fee already passed first reading before the town council, and will be up for approval at Thursday’s town council meeting.

Because development in Placer County will also increase traffic in Truckee, as well as the other way around, the town council will also consider approving an agreement between the two government agencies to share responsibility.

According to staff reports, Truckee will be responsible for $6.6 million of Placer County road projects, while Placer County will be responsible for $6.8 million of Truckee projects.

Day laborers will be relocated from their usual gathering spot in front of the Transportation Center Downtown.

In response to concerns over the gathering location and its effects on traffic and visitors, an ad-hoc committee was formed to discuss possible solutions.

The committee decided this month to relocate the group’s gathering spot to the nearby lot at the Beacon gas station on the corner of Donner Pass Road and Bridge Street because while still being accessible and visible, the new site would relieve traffic congestion, according to a town release.

The Truckee Family Resource Center, a member of the committee, will also offer programs to the day laborers including English language classes, self-help legal resources, employment opportunities, counseling, clothing and food.