Veterinary hospital rezoning approved |

Veterinary hospital rezoning approved

Andrew Cristancho
Sierra Sun
Seth Lightcap/Sierra SunThe Donner Truckee Veterinary Hospital received approval from Placer County to rezone its property for development. Hospital owner Dr. Craig Machado's plans include an entirely new hospital facility and additional commercial space.

The owner of a piece of land near the Truckee Airport in the western corner of the Martis Valley will soon be redeveloping his animal hospital and building some new commercial space.

The 1.6-acre parcel, originally zoned for farm use and now owned by veterinarian Craig Machado, was approved for commercial use by the Placer County Board of Supervisors during their Tahoe meeting on April 15. Machado also owns the Truckee Donner Animal Hospital that sits on the land.

The rezone action, explained Placer County’s Planning Director Michael Johnson, was a bit of housekeeping.

“In some ways, the zoning was not constant with the [Martis Valley] community plan,” he said. “For some reason they did not change it,” when the supervisors adopted the plan at the end of 2003.

The land, which has housed a veterinary clinic for some 50 years, was zoned for farm use decades ago, Johnson said. When the supervisors adopted the community plan five years ago, the inconsistency between it and the county’s zoning maps was never resolved.

Machado submitted the request for the commercial designation to allow for construction and expansion of a new hospital and animal boarding building along with close to 17,000 square feet of new commercial space.

The proposed two-story, 16,963-square-foot building could be available for various office and retail uses, according to county planning documents. No food and beverage uses would be allowed unless a separate request for a modified use permit was approved in the future, the planning documents stated.

Machado hopes the new hospital and commercial space will be finished by the spring of 2009, and said he expects no interruption in service to his clients during construction.

The new animal care center is planned to be 6,164 square feet, a 900-square-foot expansion from the space the two older buildings provide now, according to county planning documents.

Now that county maps have been altered to reflect the change, Johnson said Machado and company are free to apply for building permits for the construction.

The development is within a scenic corridor and the architecture will be respectful of that, Johnson said.

The project proposes a 13-foot-high freestanding sign which would be located at the front of the property adjacent to Highway 267, according to county planning documents.

The project would also include a plan for the Truckee Donner Public Utility District to provide water to the site, which is currently served by two on-site groundwater wells, the documents said. Although the site is within the Placer County Water Agency’s boundaries, the agency does not have a treated water system in the vicinity.

For decades the land has been owned by veterinarians running the animal hospital, according to local accounts.

Machado said he purchased the land from fellow veterinarian Randy Genis a little more than four years ago.

Genis bought the property from another veterinarian Roger Collinson, according to Collinson’s son, Truckee Attorney Brent Collinson.

Brent Collinson still owns part of an adjacent property, where he practices law in an office building that used to be the Collinson family home, he said.

The Collinsons bought the land from another veterinarian, Don Somerset in 1978, Brent Collinson said.

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