Our View: Plan to make your voice heard
About three years ago, with Truckee about to revise its most important planning tool, locals had plentiful and opinionated responses to what Truckee should look like over the next few decades.The General Plan update began with a survey of what people liked, didn’t like, and wanted to change about Truckee. And Truckee locals responded with passionate and well-thought out responses. (Those can be seen at http://www.truckee2025.org/surveys/quest01.htm.)People liked the small-town atmosphere and undeveloped areas of town, as well as the community of Truckee.”I like Truckee’s small, po-dunk atmosphere. I like the fact that it used to be bypassed by Bay Area residents headed for Tahoe. I liked the fact that I could live in the mountains, relatively cheaply, with dogs and kids running in the streets,” wrote one local.People were equally vocal on what they didn’t like.”Truckee is going too much towards a Disneyland resort for the rich. Golf course sprawl, timeshares, and million dollar homes now dominate development,” wrote another responder.When asked what they would change, locals wanted more trails, more affordable housing and less traffic.Now, three years later, Truckee is inching closer to approving its new General Plan. Meetings, like Thursday night’s town council review of three chapters of the proposed General Plan, should be raising the interest of those locals who were so opinionated at the beginning of the planning process. The meetings should also be of interest to those who weren’t so interested last time but, say, grumble about the new roundabouts.In an array of town issues that raise community involvement, the General Plan should be king. As the Bible of town planning, each development proposal and traffic improvement will be held up to the measuring stick of the General Plan to see if it complies with the town’s vision of progress.So now is the time to get involved. Do you want to see the town add more roundabouts (a proposed policy in the new document)? Do you want to see more public transportation? Should the Bridge Street railroad crossing be closed and replaced by an extension of Glenshire Drive that crosses under the railroad tracks (also addressed in the General Plan)?Now is the time to see if your responses to the 2002 community survey have been addressed.If you find yourself praising – or complaining about – the direction the town is heading when you are driving around town or grabbing a cup of coffee, hold those thoughts. Go to the next General Plan meeting and let Truckee decision makers know how you feel: Good or bad – just don’t be indifferent.Your voice makes a difference, so make it heard in Truckee’s most influential planning document.
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