Limiting uses ‘on the radar’ " and real close |

Limiting uses ‘on the radar’ " and real close

After noticing more and more real estate offices popping up on and off Commercial Row, we here at the Sierra Sun figured there might be a story there.

So last week we ran a piece about whether or not Truckee should or would follow historic Nevada City’s lead and ban future non-retail/restaurant ventures from taking up shop on the first floor in the commercial core of downtown.

Turns out the idea was “on the radar” of town officials. Well, apparently the “blip” on the radar screen was bigger and closer than the folks at Truckee Town Hall let on.

Yes, next Wednesday the Truckee Planning Commission will kick off, “Initial discussion regarding potential ordinance amendment limiting ground floor office uses in the downtown core commercial area.”

Sentiment it seems ” as far as the Sierra Sun’s very informal Web poll shows ” is about even when it comes to the idea of prohibiting real estate offices and other non-retail/dining from the ground-floor level in downtown Truckee versus just letting the market be the guide.

Just last December, the Nevada City City Council voted to curb anymore real estate offices from hanging their shingles on the street level. The sentiment there was that the proliferation of said offices was working against the town as a whole as far as retail sales went.

Now the notion has moved up the hill here to Truckee. Not that Truckee apes everything Nevada City does, but the quintessential Gold Rush burg has had good old-fashioned parking meters for years and life as they know it hasn’t ended.

So before the discussion of limiting usages downtown gets to the voting stage and there is uproar over whatever decision is made, drop your two-cents worth.

The planning commission meets March 8 at 6 p.m. in the town council chambers. And if you don’t necessarily want to go on the record at the meeting, the planning commissions goings-on are televised live on local channel 6.

Jamie Bate is editor of the Sierra Sun.

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