Truckee Town Council meeting tonight |

Truckee Town Council meeting tonight

Truckee Town Council will meet on Thursday, Aug. 17 to discuss a variety of issues including the consideration of a final decision on the Barsell project at Interstate 80 and Highway 267.

The council’s decision on the Barsell property could bring to a close to more than 20 years of controversy over the site. The Planning Commission has recommended that the council approve the project.

The property owned by the San Diego-based Barsell family will feature a three-story hotel, office and retail complex that developers hope will draw visitors to Truckee and spur pedestrian-based revitalization of Jibboom Street.

Opposition to the plan has focused on the idea that the project is too highway-oriented and might leave a poor impression of Truckee on travelers.

The site has a controversial history of failed projects, beginning when a drive-in theater was proposed in the 1960s. In the early 1990s, Kmart won its proposal to build a store but lost the lawsuit that the Mountain Area Preservation Foundation (MAPF) mounted against it. Kmart was followed by another failed plan for factory outlet stores also proposed by the developers, who subsequently sued the town over what they feel are unfair zoning regulations.

Planning commissioners voted 4 to 1 to implement the developer’s revised plans on the basis that it meets the Downtown Specific Plan’s mixed-use requirements and further delay and possible litigation would be excessive.

Town council will also consider establishing a process to select a Chief of Police for Truckee’s new police department, which is expected to be in operation by next summer. The process is expected to feature some sort of community participation in selecting a candidate.

In addition, Thursday’s meeting will also feature a report on how to reconfigure High Street for additional parking spaces.

Lastly, council will also hear an update on Donner Lake water quality testing from Town Manager Steve Wright.

The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at the Public Utility District Boardroom at Truckee Town Hall.

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