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Saying ‘no’ to gated subdivisions

We applaud the Truckee Planning Commission’s decision last week to just say no to gated subdivisions in our community.

While the remaining prospects for large-scale, gated projects ” ala Placer County’s Siller Ranch and Lahontan ” within our town’s boundaries are slim, the move to add the “no gates” statement to Truckee’s updated General Plan is the correct one.

Truckee has always been a close-knit community. Over the last three decades it’s grown into a collection of neighborhoods ” all open and tied to town. Even with the real estate market moving toward larger, more affluent houses geared toward second home owners, Truckee’s core is its year-round residents who, we’d venture to guess, wouldn’t want to live behind gates and fences.

And while there may be some socio-economic undertones coloring people’s views on gated neighborhoods, to write off the “no gates” policy as simple jealousy is too easy. As planning commissioner Cadie Olsen said last week, a community that doesn’t have parts of itself sequestered behind gates will ensure that residents work together to solve problems.

“I think we need to attract people who want to be part of the community,” Olsen said.

We agree. We also agree with the commission’s view that such a statement will only place the town on more solid footing when it’s time to weigh in on Placer County’s planning blunders that have lined or are proposed to line Schaffer Mill Road with gated, exclusive communities that offer a total of more than 80 holes of golf and little, if any, public access.

Speaking of golf, it may be a day late and a dollar short, but perhaps the town’s brain trust should have just said no to more golf courses before Old Greenwood and Gray’s Crossing were approved and not after.