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Affordable housing a necessity for Truckee

Sierra Sun Editorial

With the Truckee real estate market booming as it never has before, it could be easy to lose sight of the need for working class people to have housing they can afford.

Every expensive designer home built here raises the price of real estate in its neighborhood a little more – and pushes some lower-income residents out of the running in the first-time homebuyer game.

Rental markets have been impacted as well this year, with most properties listed showing a substantial increase over prices in previous years -and that’s only if you can find a rental open.

The development of the Intrawest Village at Squaw Valley, which will create as many as 450 lower-paying jobs, could strain our rental housing market even further.

Many Squaw Valley ski resort workers already reside in Truckee, and many of those who fill the new jobs probably will live here as well.

It is vitally important that Placer County ensures Intrawest adequately mitigates the impact its development will have on our community.

Our area relies on an influx of young people to work in ski resorts, construction and other seasonal jobs, and we should not lose sight of their housing needs.

At all costs, we should avoid what one town official has dubbed the “Aspenization” of Truckee – the creation of an expensive resort community where working class people cannot afford to reside.


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