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Residents should study facts of PC-2 development

More than 100 residents crowded into the Truckee Community Center last Friday night for a forum on Planned Community 2, illustrating just how much interest remains in the controversial project.

Project proponents representing Boca Sierra Estates gave a review of the project and its current status, while members of Mountain Area Preservation Foundation expressed frank concerns about the design of the community and plans to develop around a wetlands area.

The meeting, moderated by the Truckee-Donner Land Trust, provided a valuable update on the project and offered both sides an opportunity to present their views.

One thing was clear after the forum – in the end the fate of PC-2 should be judged on the facts of the issue, not on emotion.

In the coming months, the Town of Truckee will select independent contractors to conduct an Environmental Impact Review and an Economic Impact Analysis of the project – both of which will provide hard facts for residents to examine and consider. The contractors who conduct the study are paid by the town with funds collected from the developers of PC-2.

Public workshops to determine the scope of the studies will be conducted during March.

Facts collected during the economic impact analysis will be made available during a public workshop in April or May, and input received at the meeting will be considered in the final analysis.

The draft EIR will be released in the summer for public review and comment, and a finalized EIR will be completed and published in the fall. More planning commission and town council public hearings are planned in the fall, concluding with an analysis by town staff of the project’s consistency with the Truckee General Plan and recommendations for project revisions and mitigation measures resulting from the EIR and economic impact analysis.

A decision will be made regarding the project’s specific plan by late 1999 or early 2000.

In short – there will be ample opportunity for residents to learn whatever information they seek about the project, and express their concerns.

Make your own decisions and don’t trust others’ interpretations of these documents. Read the facts presented by town consultants and study any problematic issues identified in the EIR and economic impact analysis.

In the end, the facts should decide the fate of PC-2. This project is going to have a huge impact on Truckee -for better or worse, and residents should not be swayed by emotional appeals for or against the development.

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