Do you remember back in 1985, when there was not one single stoplight in the Town of Truckee? Shortly after, that first stop sign went in at the corner of the Safeway shopping center and Mountain Hardware. Maybe the population was around 7,000, and the town was quiet, peaceful. Surely those present then were silently watching Truckee change. In 1980, the population was 2,389 and by early 2001 had jumped 56%. Present-day Truckee has over 16,000 residents. The signs of the city, little by little, have encroached themselves upon this small mountain town, and now, stop signs have melded into stoplights which have morphed further into roundabouts with cameras.
Throughout Truckee’s history, even back in the 1800s, travelers and settlers alike were homesteading in the area. Even then there were those sensitive and cognizant of the increase in covered wagons rolling down the dirt roads, with dusty hot travelers and their windblown belongings moving into the area.
Travelers and settlers are now moving to Truckee in droves, in their Teslas, Mercedes, and Audis, creating change in the demographics who have the means to be here. Granted, this town is a wonderful place to be and to love; I write in honor of its quaint ambiance that has changed so much and for the plight to preserve what little mountain feel there is left in Truckee.
One can see and take note of the growth and construction already apparent in Truckee. Can the town’s infrastructure handle all this new construction? More vehicles, longer lines, more toilets flushing? No, the increase already has changed this wonderful mountain town into a small city. Who has changed the feel? Who approved all this construction when there are so many residents against it? Developers with deep pockets, politicians in office hailing from the city? Thinking, Oh, we should outline the traffic signals in yellow, that’ll work.
In reviewing and responding to the Town of Truckee’s General Plan, this author makes note of the following:
• All focus areas deemed for rezoning for more housing, more commercial centers would allow for increase in growth, increase in traffic, increase in TTSA’s waste management (which is already at its peak, simply drive-by downwind and take a sniff! It is awful!)
• The survey is only being emailed to select residents, is not discoverable on the internet easily at all as it is embedded in a hidden corner.
• The survey is not the answer in order to redesignate the zoning of all the focus areas. There needs to be more discourse and allowance of concerned residents’ voices, for surely there are others who oppose this attempt to rezone to the detriment of the Town of Truckee.
• What other formats are the Town of Truckee council members and town planners discussing?
• Take a close look at the decision makers; they should be Truckee residents and not from Placer County or the Nevada County administrative offices off the mountain.
• The 200-acre parcel in Glenshire needs to be sold as open space to community members, MAP, SOS Glenshire, and Truckee-Donner Land Trust in order to preserve that last piece of solitude fought over for the past 30 years since the fight to preserve Tahoe-Boca/Canyon Springs. Any type of construction will kill the Glenshire community, and its neighboring wilderness with all its well-loved wild animals. The big cats, bears, lynx, and dwindling Loyalton/Truckee deer have every single right to be here. They were present before humans.
Glenshire/Devonshire has been developed rapidly, as well. Glenshire Drive is already swarmed with a constant drone of fast approaching vehicles, big trucks evading the ag station, and despicable drivers from out of the area using our neighborhood road as their personal racetrack.
These signs of growth, change of demographics, and economic gain include the patchwork of unattractive, large, oppressive buildings and commercial centers; “affordable” housing and condominiums on every other corner; and large deep-pocketed developers from out of area, not facing their need for greed.
Truckee has changed. I propose we/you save what little is left of this small, quaint mountain town. I propose no more growth, no more construction, obliterate the general plan for 2040 and look toward an exemplary town that is already thriving present day, and be satisfied. Relinquish the fear that Truckee will die out or be a ghost town in 20 years. Truckee remains strong and thriving; it always has and always will.
I propose a mandate that Truckee be a no-growth community. Imagine the stellar statement that would be made with a strong economy as is, no more construction, no more ugly interstate buildings, no greedy developers capitalizing on Truckee’s unique history and character. Time and again the community has banded together and spoken. It is now time.
~ Martha Janer is a longstanding proponent of individuality, peace, and freedom, hoping to positively influence those around her. She enjoys promoting thought and great discussion with young people of today, hoping all voices band together in one harmonious note. Martha can mostly be found enjoying the great outdoors, in the beauty and magic of nature.