With revision of general plan residents can help shape Truckee’s new vision
More than two centuries ago, a small, select group of men gathered to write and sign a document that would forever shape the destiny of our country.
Those 55 men at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia were elite members of our nation, chosen to chose words and phrases that would ensure freedom and the rights of Americans.
Today, in Truckee, we face a similar task – though one not as large in scope.
Our town staff has undertaken the responsibility of updating the town’s general plan, the document that guides land use and development within the town’s limits.
In other words, it’s a vision of the town’s future.
The town staff, though, will not write this document alone, as the delegates in Philadelphia did in 1787.
Instead, it is seeking the advice of every member of this community.
All citizens will be included in this process if they make they effort to answer a couple of questions, fill out a survey or two, come to a public meeting to make their voices heard.
Of course, like all public processes, there will be people who do not think their opinion will make a difference and will not participate.
And then, the decisions will be left to Truckee’s select few who always show up to meetings, write letters to town staff and council members and make their voices heard.
You probably know one of these people – their names often show up on the pages of the Sierra Sun, because they are sometimes the only people who speak out.
Instead of allowing those few to act as your voices, show up to the meetings and fill out the town’s surveys.
This general plan may not be updated for the next 30 years, so now is your chance to tell the town how you want Truckee to grow.
Don’t let this process be governed by the few.
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