The Truckee Planning Commission recommended that Coldstream development planners re-connect Deerfield Drive, provide affordable housing and include lodging and more commercial development in their proposal.
The Coldstream Summary Plan, which is an early development design for 178 acres at the mouth of Coldstream Canyon, called Planned Community One, was reviewed by the Truckee Planning Commission on Wednesday night.
Initial plans call for between 319 and 364 homes and up to 50,000 square feet of commercial development.
The proposal shows a village-style commercial area next to Madigan’s Grille and Tavern and the Donner Gate Chevron. Behind the village, along Cold Stream Road, would be 138 residential units. Larger-lot homes and multi-family housing encircles a pond in the center of the site, which is proposed to be expanded to a lake.
A controversial point was the connection of Deerfield Drive, which has been separated by Cold Creek ever since the stream washed out a bridge in the 1960s.
The commission recommended connecting the road for more fluid access in the area, and to keep subdivisions from being separated by gates.
“At some point we have to decide if we want to be a community connected appropriately, or if we want to be isolated pockets of housing,” said Commissioner Cadie Olsen.
Commissioner Cole Butler said even if the gate went up, it would only be a “temporary Band-Aid.”
“I hope that people don’t really want gates,” she said.
The commission’s decision was made against the pleas of Deerfield Drive residents who currently live on a quiet dead-end street.
“The right-of-way we should be noting is the right-of-way of Donner Creek and Cold Creek to find there way,” said Deerfield Drive resident Karen Pilaar, in response to the town’s comment that it still owns a road right-of-way between the two roads. “That’s why the bridge isn’t there.”
Residents said the increased traffic on Deerfield Drive could make it unsafe for neighborhood children, clog the street with vehicles in the winter and change the feel of the small neighborhood.
Developer Teichert Land Company does not support re-opening the connection for through traffic, said Mike Isle, the project manager. They do support a connection for emergency access.
Affordable housing ” which developers did not explicitly include in the project ” was another point the commission wanted to change.
“I feel the development is taking the stance of ‘It’s going to happen,'” said Commissioner Nikki Riley. “I want to see affordable housing offered in all the varieties [of housing], except maybe the large-lot homes, and in all the phases.”
Isle said Teichert Land Company, developers of the project, plan to do their part to provide housing for the workforce.
“Generally incorporating and spreading the affordable housing through the project is a good idea,” Isle said.