Pollard Station Mitigated Negative Declaration Released


The Town of Truckee released a mitigated negative declaration for Pollard Station in September. The public comment period ends Oct. 23. Pollard Station is proposed to be an age-restricted senior neighborhood located on the 8.05-acre Davies/Fitch property in the 37.8-acre Hilltop Master Plan area. In total, the project proposes 126 separate residential units, including 86 units in the 76,458 square foot senior lodge and 40 two-bedroom condominium units for independent senior living. Info: Jenna Endres, (530) 582-2922, jendres@townoftruckee.com


Public Meeting on Martis Creek Lake Master Plan Update


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants to hear the public’s comments and ideas on the future of Martis Creek Lake. A public meeting will be held Oct. 15, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Truckee Tahoe Airport. Info: Tyler Stalker, (916) 557-5207

Canyon Springs EIR Available for Public Comment


The Town of Truckee is recirculating portions of the Canyon Springs Draft Environmental Impact Report, including the introduction, report summary, transportation/traffic report, biological resources, and project alternatives. The public may comment on the document until Nov. 12. Canyon Springs is a proposed 185-lot residential subdivision east of Glenshire. The recirculated draft EIR includes new information that was submitted after the initial draft EIR public comment period. Info: Denyelle Nishimori, (530) 582-2934, dnishimori@townoftruckee.com

2014-2019 Housing Element Negative Declaration Released


A negative declaration for the 2014-2019 Housing Element was recently released by the Town of Truckee. The town is mandated by state law to update its housing element, and submitted the draft to the California Department of Housing and Community Development for a 60-day review. The public comment period ends Nov. 6. Info: Yumie Dahn, (530) 582-2918, ydhan@townoftruckee.com

Coldstream Specific Plan (PC-1) Approved


On Sept. 23, the Truckee Town Council unanimously approved the Coldstream Specific Plan (PC-1). The council approved connecting Deerfield Drive with a neighborhood park at the end. The 300-unit development project includes an infill and mixed-use development on the west end of Truckee, east of the Donner Memorial State Park.

Temporary Bike Path Closure


The Tahoe-Truckee Sanitation Agency has embarked on a project to rehabilitate its gravity sanitary sewer main along the Truckee River corridor. In order to safely carry out the work of this project, a section of the Tahoe City to Squaw Valley bike path is closed until Nov. 15.

The bike path closure will extend from Alpine Meadows Road to Fir Crags Road, about 0.7 miles south of Alpine Meadows Road on State Route 89. For those traveling between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Road, a temporary bike path detour is provided. For those travelling between Tahoe City and Alpine Meadows Road, a free shuttle service is provided to safely transport trail users around the work zone and operates during daylight hours only, weather permitting. Info: (530) 587-2525

North Lake Tahoe Candidates and Issues Forum Oct. 14


The North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association, in conjunction with the North Tahoe Business Association, Tahoe City Downtown Association, Sierra Sun, and Moonshine Ink, is offering voters an opportunity to become more informed about candidate positions and issues that will be on the November ballot. The North Lake Tahoe Candidates and Issues Forum will be held on Tues., Oct. 14 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Tahoe City Public Utility District board room on Fairway Drive in Tahoe City.

Candidates running for positions on the TCPUD Board, North Tahoe Public Utility District Board, Tahoe Forest Hospital District Board, and proponents of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District’s bond for lakeside schools, Measure E, will be present to address the audience in a moderated question and answer program. This event is free to the public. Info: Kalie Ceglia, (530) 581-8727

New Citizen Science Exhibit coming to TERC


The Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded $150,000 to the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center to create a new, interactive public exhibit at the Tahoe Science Center in Incline Village. Scheduled to open in 2015, the exhibit will encourage visitors and residents to participate in hands-on learning about the lake and other watersheds. The exhibit will rely upon data collected via TERC’s new nearshore monitoring network — the first of its kind — that is measuring changes to water quality in the area of the lake people experience most. This information will be coupled with TERC’s existing research. Info: terc.ucdavis.edu

TRPA Launches Online System for Grading Exception Requests


With an Oct. 15 deadline approaching, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has launched an online system to handle grading exception requests. Grading season for construction in the Tahoe Basin extends from May 1 to Oct. 15. Soil disturbance during wet conditions can harm the lake’s water quality. Outside of the grading season, soil disturbance activities generally require an exception.

The online application for grading exception requests includes a credit card payment system. The initiative streamlines processes for customers and improves response time by TRPA inspectors. This new online system ensures customer contact by an inspector within three business days and automatic emails will keep applicants informed of the status of their request. Info: trpa.org/permitting/inspections-securities/

Recreation Surveys Beginning 


Beginning in October, the Tahoe National Forest, along with other forests throughout the nation, will conduct recreation visitor surveys for the next 12 months. These surveys will help determine statistics on how many people visit the forest, how they recreate, and their level of satisfaction. They are expected to take approximately five to eight minutes and will be conducted at a variety of locations throughout the forest. Information from the surveys will help the Forest Service better meet recreationists’ needs in the future. The survey is voluntary and all information will be confidential. Info: fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/nvum/, (530) 478-6158

CATTPAC Announces Elections Endorsements


CATTPAC, the Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe Political Action Committee, recently announced its endorsements for local campaigns. CATTPAC endorsed Mark Spohr, John Falk, and Greg Jellinek for the Tahoe Forest Hospital District Board of Directors; Truckee Mayor Patrick Flora, Truckee Councilmember Carolyn Wallace Dee, and Truckee businessman Jamie Brimer for Truckee Town Council; Gerald Herrick, Victor Hernandez, and Paul Wilford for the Truckee Fire Protection District Board of Directors; Dan Wilkins and John Pang for the Tahoe City Public Utility District Board of Directors; and supported Measures E and U, the school bond facilities measures for the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.

CATTPAC has an involved interview process whereby all candidates for a particular office are asked similar questions by a panel of three CATTPAC representatives. Following the interviews, CATTPAC board members meet to discuss the pros and cons of each candidate and then decide whether to take a position or donate money to that candidate. A similar process is conducted for propositions and local ballot measures. CATTPAC has a 79 percent successful track record. Info: CATTPAC Chairman Mitch Clarin, (530) 308-9124, mitch@mitchclarin.com

Oliver Luxury Real Estate Unveils New Tesla Charging Stations


Oliver Luxury Real Estate, a high-end boutique real estate company located in Lake Tahoe and Silicon Valley, unveiled the installation of two Tesla charging stations at its 319 West Lake Blvd. location during National Drive Electric Week in October. Plans are in action to install additional stations at its downtown location in the coming months. Tesla also recently announced plans to install a supercharging station in Truckee. With existing charging stations at Cedar Sport Hotel in Truckee, Squaw Valley Ski Resort, the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline, Harveys Lake Tahoe in Stateline, and Diamond Peak Ski Resort, Oliver’s new charging station on the West Shore conveniently triangulates access to energy for the electric-car community. The Oliver stations provide the highest power level 2 Tesla charging solution available at no cost to the public. Info: oliverlux.com


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