Truckee’s Coldstream project up for environmental review |

Truckee’s Coldstream project up for environmental review

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Environmental study is under way for a project planned east of Donner Lake.

Planned Community One, also known as Coldstream, could include up to 345 residential units, 70,000 square feet of commercial and retail space and 109 acres of open space in the 178-acre site at the mouth of Coldstream Canyon and#8212; a former aggregate mine owned by Teichert.

One topic to be tackled in the study will be reconnecting Deerfield Drive from Coldstream Road to Highway 89 South, an idea opposed by some Deerfield Drive residents.

and#8220;The project itself reconnects Deerfield, and four alternatives will also be studied, including gates making the connection for emergency access only,and#8221; said Jenna Endres, a planner with the town.

Outside the Deerfield Drive neighborhood, others support the connection to alleviate traffic on Donner Pass Road.

This project will eventually require the town to weigh two seemingly opposing policies that would apply, said Town Planner Duane Hall and#8212; one avoiding neighborhoods with only one way in and out, and the avoidance of gated roads; the other saying new projects shouldnand#8217;t significantly increase traffic in existing neighborhoods.

and#8220;We think this is the time for that question to be answered,and#8221; Hall said.

The environmental review could be released around the end of the year, starting public meetings once again, said Mike Isle, project manager with Teichert.

If all goes smoothly through the planning commission and town council, Isle said construction could begin as soon as 2011.

and#8220;Weand#8217;re optimistic for market recovery; there has been a lot of time and effort put into this project and we are looking forward to bringing it to the public,and#8221; Isle said.

Also included in the project are a network of trails connecting to Donner Memorial State Park and the western portion of the Truckee River Legacy Trail, which would ultimately connect Glenshire to Donner Lake.

Part of the project would also include rehabilitating Cold Creek, flowing out of Coldstream Canyon through the state park, Endres said.

and#8220;Thereand#8217;s quite a bit of restoration to be done, especially in the flood plane, mainly because that (the project) is where the flood plane is,and#8221; Endres said.

Isle said Teichert has put together a cooperative plan with the Truckee River Watershed Council and California State Parks for that work.

One of the most immediate actions in the Coldstream plan will be the leveling of the now-empty Madiganand#8217;s Grille and Tavern on Coldstream Road, slated to happen some time this month, Isle said.

The property will be used to align Coldstream Road for the entrance into the project, he said.

Duane Hall said the on/off ramp interchanges on Donner Pass Road on either side of Interstate 80 will likely also be replaced with roundabouts to accommodate growing traffic in the area.

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