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Our View: Lakeside property? You decide

If you enjoy Donner Memorial State Park or live near Deerfield Drive in Truckee, you may want to perk up your ears this week ” 178 acres east of Donner Lake will be under discussion for large-scale development.

Planned Community One, on property owned by Teichert Land Company, is hitting the radar after years of private planning. The preliminary look projects between 319 and 364 housing units and up to 50,000 square feet of commercial, office or recreation development on the land.

On Wednesday the Truckee Planning Commission will discuss the plan. The review will not be to adopt or approve the plan, but to allow the public and the commission a chance to get some early opinions on the record about the development.

One hot topic will be whether to connect Deerfield Drive or not. The discussion over linking Truckee’s two Deerfield Drives has had locals yakking almost since the bridge over Cold Creek washed out in the 1960s and separated the roads.

Now, as part of the Teichert proposal, Town of Truckee planners are recommending the road be re-linked. Turning Deerfield Drive from a sleepy dead end into a through street promises to make this recommendation controversial.

But town policies and planning practices are pushing the recommendation that will create a second access, and take traffic off of Donner Pass Road.

Other topics for neighbors and decision-makers to ponder will be why the development team sent in preliminary plans that show somewhere between 19 and 64 units more than is allowed under Truckee’s General Plan. Or how the area will look with several of the ponds ” formerly gravel mining pits ” connected, brimming with water, and punctuated by several to-be-formed “habitat islands.”

So whether you support or oppose the two Deerfield Drives becoming one, hundreds of homes going up along your favorite way into Coldstream Canyon, or are curious if you will actually be able to afford a “lakefront” home with a view of a “habitat island,” drop by town hall on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. and speak your mind.