Two townhome projects go their separate ways |

Two townhome projects go their separate ways

Two similar townhome project met different fates before Truckee’s planning commission, Wednesday night, and location proved to be the main difference.

Steep slopes that would require cutting, and conflicts with the neighboring Sierra Mountain Cemetery were too much for the Stoneridge project, a proposal for 73 townhomes east of Commercial Row. The largest residential development in Truckee’s incorporated history to be proposed so close to downtown will have to be revised and reconsidered at a future meeting.

Commissioners also worried about the aesthetics of retaining walls and three-story townhomes proposed in the project, and their effect on the character of downtown.

If approved at a later date, the project will add to other development slated for the area, including Truckee Townhomes, a 30-home project already approved to the south.

Before coming back to the commission the project’s designers will work with the cemetery, whose board strongly opposed elements of the project, to come to an agreement on how traffic and noise impacts can be minimized near the cemetery.

Northwest Townhomes, a proposal for 22 townhomes on the west end of Donner Lake, was approved by the commission.

It was the second time the project off of Donner Pass Road and near Wolfe Estates had come before the commission. The revised version included more affordable housing and more parking spaces.

Although the project was dealing with steep slopes and a tight project area, commissioners liked the changes and said the project fit well with surrounding development.

Developers will create both bike and walking paths along Donner Pass Road during construction.