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Leyton takes over as new planning commissioner

Paul Leyton, a Truckee resident for more than 10 years, had chosen to stay out of town politics – now the call for service has returned.

After Britta Tryggvi, a Town of Truckee Planning Commissioner since the town incorporated in 1993, stepped down, Leyton stepped up to the job and dove back into town matters.

Leyton spent years in town matters, mostly in San Diego, but also around the U.S.

He spent seven years as vice chairman of the San Diego Park and Recreation Board, two terms as the president of the San Diego Taxpayers Association, time as the vice chairman of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce and he also served on then-California Governor Pete Wilson’s Fiscal Advisory Board.

He also served nearly two decades as a vice president, president or chief executive officer at two major corporations – May Centers, Inc. and Corporate Property Investors and Pembrook Management, Inc. In these roles, he dealt with many development projects, which Truckee was looking for.

After retiring and taking a break from town matters, Leyton said he is ready to get back to it. “I decided that after a long time of relaxation, it was time to do something, to give back to the community I live in,” he said.

Already attending the Truckee General Plan Update on Aug. 25 and “doing a lot of reading,” Leyton said he’s ready to serve Truckee.

“I hope to bring a middle-of-the-road view with some understanding of the things developers want and also balance it with the kind of lifestyle we’ve all chosen by living here,” Leyton commented.

The town sounds content as well. “He hasn’t been real involved in the past, but he has a development background that is potentially very beneficial,” said Truckee Community Development Director Tony Lashbrook.

After getting Leyton warmed up at the general plan workshop and sending him to the Corporation Yard project workshop Wednesday, Lashbrook said he would go through “basic orientation” to get him up to speed about town politics and town matters.

Also, Lashbrook said Truckee will send him to some training through University of California extension classes, as well as a training class through the League of California Cities.

Each planning commissioner is appointed by a town council member, Lashbrook explained, and the planning commissioner’s term nearly mirrors the council member’s. In this case, Leyton was appointed by council member and former Truckee Mayor Ron Florian.

The planning commission is comprised of five appointed residents and is one step in the approval process for town projects, developments and other town matters. When the planning commission approves an item, it is turned over to the town council.

The Town of Truckee Planning Commission meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, located at 10183 Truckee Airport Road.

It seems like he just wants to help out the town. “I love where we live and I love the environment we live in,” he said.

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