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Truckee Town Council Preview

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Truckee is set this week to take the final step to move the towns corporation yard to roomier quarters.The current corporation yard, where the towns heavy equipment is stored, is located near the Martis Valley Estates neighborhood and the Truckee River. Town council Thursday will consider authorizing a final agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to purchase a 19.46-acre site east of Donner Pass Road between Interstate 80 and Glenshire Drive.The agreement includes: $3.9 million to purchase the site from the Forest Service $1.2 million for utilities to the Forest Service An estimated $80,000 for a temporary access road built by the Forest Service The town will build a permanent access road and intersection prior to Oct. 15, 2009. $54,626 in Traffic Impact fees on behalf of the Forest Service.Along with the corporation yard, the towns animal control facilities will also be moved to the new site.We will start getting into detailed design of the project working with the Humane Society, said Public Works Director Dan Wilkins. We need to finalize who is taking the lead in the construction of the shelter.The Truckee Fire Protection District also plans on purchasing three acres from the town at the price of about $900,000, Wilkins said.Further costs may be shared for construction of the intersection to access the site with the Barsell Development, across Donner Pass Road from the land under consideration, Wilkins said.

Truckees Green Building Committee will update the council Thursday on the committees accomplishments and future goals.Established in 2004 by town council, the Green Building Ad Hoc Advisory Committee has headed up the towns environmentally sensitive building efforts. The committees proposed work program for the upcoming year will go before council Thursday.Town Associate Planner Denyelle Nishimori said the committee has been reviewing different green building rating systems, and is recommending Build-it-Green guidelines instead of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) because Build-it-Green is more user-friendly and less city-oriented.Build-it-Green is just a different checklist, Nishimori said. It covers everything from a remodel to new construction.She said the Green Building Committee modified even the Build-It-Green list to better fit the Town of Truckee. The committee will request that council consider adopting which is among the committees recommendations to Town Council.Other potential programs for 2006-2007 include: Land use application review. Development code ordinance review. Review of the Source Reduction and Recycling Ordinance. Consideration of the prohibition of the sale of non-biodegradable and non-recyclable materials.That comes from an action item in the general plan; for instance, prohibiting people from using Styrofoam, Nishimori said.

Truckee Town Council is also expected to consider for adoption the Towns first inclusionary housing programs and policies ordinance. Adoption of the ordinance would require all residential development projects to provide affordable housing units as part of the project.