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What topics do you believe are more important to discuss during the General Plan Update process?

about 1 year ago

The update for the Town's General Plan is just beginning and we want to make sure that we touch on all topics necessary to fully and efficiently envision a future for Truckee. The General Plan will address a range of topics including housing, transportation, economic development, open space and natural resource protection, safety, and other topics. Tell us which issues you believe are crucial to address as part of the General Plan Update. 

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  • Anna 7 months ago
    I believe we should make it really easy for people to reduce their GHG. We should have a central department or coalition that helps residents, businesses, special districts, and agencies reduce their carbon footprint. This entity could help with resources, engineering assistance, waste management, building audits, generating policies, procedures, bulk purchasing and contracting and so much more. This agency could also be responsible for monitoring the changes in our community GHG emissions. Related to this is the need to manage our forests, reduce fuels, improve carbon sequestration, and manage our community wildfire risk. This will help our community maintain home and business insurance policies and facilitate water quality management. Water will be our most valuable resource in the future and the protection of it needs to be prioritized. All of these are interrelated and should be leveraged together.
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  • madison 11 months ago
    https://madisonivy.online/
  • AJuncosa about 1 year ago
    One thing that is definitely crucial to address is review of the Existing Conditions Report, which ought to be the foundation for the General Plan. But even a fairly quick review reveals a variety of minor to significant errors or omissions. Maybe I'm not well enough informed, but I don't recall hearing there would ever be a phase of review and comment to get specific technical comments routed to Town staff and, importantly, back to the staff at Ascent who will be doing a lot of the General Plan preparation. How do we make sure these things get fixed before the General Plan gets too far along?
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    • TruckeePlanning about 1 year ago
      Submit your comments to planning staff at your convience and they will be forwarded to GPAC, the Town decision-makers and General Plan Update Consultant. They will also be considered in the continued General Plan Update preparation. Thanks for participating and sharing your thoughts!
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  • Paulscurtis about 1 year ago
    Getting from Values to a Vision: Generally, most people will agree on shared values. A Community Vision necessitates choices that may not make everyone happy. So how do we move from shared values to a Community Vision? How does a community gain consensus on a Community Vision? As Abraham Lincoln famously remarked “you can please some of the people all of the time, and you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”. Sometimes you just can’t get community consensus on a Community Vision. To effectuate a Community Vision takes leadership. Our system of governance is a representative democracy. In such a system we elect people whose responsibility it is to make the difficult choices on behalf of the entire community. Our hope is that they do the best job they can and make those decisions based on the best interest of the entire community. If enough of us disagree with those decisions we’re free to elect someone else next time. That’s how it works. I believe the members of our Town Council have the best interests of the community in mind. Sometimes it’s hard not to be influenced by a packed audience. However, the important and hard decisions should be made in a more methodical fashion. I certainly believe that everyone should have the opportunity to voice individual concerns or positions but it’s ultimately up to the elected officials to decide what’s best for the whole. It is their job. And, it’s our job to make sure they do their job. It's important when creating a Community Vision for Truckee that the vision builds on the strengths of our community while recognizing our weaknesses. It should also explore factors beyond our control that will affect our future. A community SWOT analysis would be helpful in addressing some of those issues (Strengths, Weaknesses – both internal factors, Opportunities and Threats – both external factors). Additionally, a PEST analysis which explores Political, Economic, Social and Technological factors that will affect our future would be helpful. It’s also helpful to seek the council of experts and explore creative solutions that have worked elsewhere. The Town is wise to seek community input. The GPAC is a great step in helping to flesh out a Community Vision and the challenges and tradeoffs of alternative Community Visions. The Town Council worked very hard to establish a diverse and multi-talented group of GPAC members. Creating a Community Vision is not easy. It is fraught with choices that will please some and displease others. It takes a lot of “what if” discussions. Any vision for the future will come with consequences. It is important that during the process of creating a Community Vision that those consequences be explored to the best ability of those working on the vision. A community Vision that says “let’s keep everything as it was when I moved here” is a perfectly valid vision for the future. However, such a vision will have unavoidable consequences. It’s important that before adopting any vision for the future, the consequences be recognized, understood and accepted. Likely, the best vision for the future of Truckee will involve tradeoffs. Those tradeoffs should be discussed, understood, weighed and ultimately agreed upon by the decision makers. If the Town Council decides that it’s more important to try to keep everyone happy and gain community consensus, perhaps they will want to adopt a Values Statement rather than a Vision Statement. In that case we will not be able to chart a future for the Town but will be forced to accept the consequences that come from deciding things based on a reaction to previous decisions and trends. The “pendulum” will swing back and forth. I think we are observing that kind of reaction in terms of housing affordability now. I believe it is far better to embrace our future by adopting a Community Vision for 2040 and beyond. Paul Curtis, GPAC member
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  • Dtriplat about 1 year ago
    Fire Safe Forestry work around our community is a high priority. Most of this land is USFS but Truckee should get involved with the Fire Safe Council and work on the future to ensure a climatic fire event does not destroy our town. Sustainable diversified business, housing and Climate Change are the other top areas of concern that will help support a healthy future Truckee.
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  • JasonK about 1 year ago
    Is this the right forum to discuss the communitie's need for more playing fields? As the schools improve and grow, the full-time population grows and as such we have lots and lots of kids and adults playing sports. Soccer, lacrosse, baseball, football, etc. Riverview is awesome, but we need more flat fields and ideally a few that open earlier than mid-April. Is there a way the town can work with the Airport and TDRPD to create a plan for more flat fields for use by our growing community? While the cost of this endeavor may seem high, the demand is high both from within the community and from outside organization lookingb to hold events here. These events bring in tourists who spend money locally. Clearly a full study is needed, but i like to know if there is a way to kick this conversation off.
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  • Paulscurtis about 1 year ago
    The General Plan document, as required by California Law, represents the jurisdictions “constitution” or “blueprint for the future”. It is a “roadmap” upon which future community decisions are based. Implicit with such a roadmap to the future is the necessity to have an idea of where the community is headed. It’s important to distinguish between a Vision Statement and a Statement of Values. A Vision Statement is a clear statement of a desired outcome while a Statement of Values is a list of general perceptions and beliefs. California Law requires that a General Plan include a vision for the community because it is upon such a vision that actionable goals and objectives can be established. Absent such a vision for the future what is left are general ideas, hopes and aspirations. Every future decision within the community must then be weighed against the current opinions of the moment whenever a decision is made. Upon a careful examination of the 2025 Vision Statement for the Town of Truckee it can be recognized that it is really a Statement of Values. There is little that articulates a vision of where our community is headed. There are several good suggestions along with hopes and aspirations but no vision for the future. That statement of values along with the “Truckee Way” represent the approach that has historically been taken by the Town of Truckee to direct our future. The Truckee Way is essentially a desire to have a truly democratic approach to decision making. However, as the Founders of our nation recognized, “majority rules” can be as tyrannical as a tyranny if you happen to be in the minority. A simple majority is no assurance for good decisions or positive outcomes. Almost implicit in any vision for the future is the potential for conflict. Some may want to go one way while others will want to go another. Each may have good reasons for choosing one direction over another. Unfortunately, there are rarely, if ever, directions that a community can take that will please everyone. In fact, when everyone agrees on a statement it’s likely a Value Statement and not a Vision Statement. It may be difficult, if not impossible to gain consensus on an actionable vision for the future within our community. We may be left with a value statement and the mushy decision making that necessarily follows. If that happens it will fall to the planning department and future planning commissions and city councils to decide how our community will meet the inevitable challenges that will present themselves. Those decisions will be ad hoc, and the outcome will be without the benefit of foresight or choice. We can then just hope that the outcomes will be acceptable. I would argue that it’s better to have the discussions now to chart a clear course to the future than to bumble along in hopes that good things will happen. I believe that the challenges our community faces today in terms of housing issues in some ways are the unintended consequences of a lack of vision in the past. These consequences were predictable and potentially avoidable. However, instead of the problems we now face there would have been other problems with which to contend. A vision for the future to preserve things the way they have been is OK and represents an acceptable vision. However, the consequences of such a decision should be discussed, recognized and accepted by those making the decision. I only suggest that we should recognize what we’re setting ourselves up for. Paul Curtis, GPAC member
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  • Paulscurtis about 1 year ago
    On Vision vs Values Values are typically something on which we can all agree. “Mom and apple pie” is something that everyone can support. How to get there requires vision and that’s were good people can have different opinions. It’s hard to sort out “right” from “wrong” in such a discussion. Differences are often just a function of perspective. As Abraham Lincoln once remarked “two honest men can sit across the table from each other and disagree on a thing, and both be right”. The 2025 Vision Statement for the Town of Truckee is really a Value Statement. There’s not much in that statement with which to disagree. It all sounds good and reasonable. That should be an indication that it’s not a Vision Statement. A vision necessarily recognizes the trade offs that are inherent on charting a course to somewhere. If you go one way you won’t be going the other way. Recently there has been much discussion and consternation about the availability and affordability of housing in our community. We are not alone in voicing these concerns. It’s happening all over the country. If we were to establish a vision for our community that says “we will cause enough housing to be constructed to satisfy the demands of the market sufficiently so that home prices moderate to a level to allow most residents to enjoy the benefits of home ownership” there would be consequences. I’m not sure how much housing that would take but the Mountain Housing Council suggests that some 12,000 homes regionally may get us there. Whatever the number would be in Truckee it could over-run our existing infrastructure and forever change the character of our community. Alternatively, it’s not unusual for people to want to keep things the way they were when they arrive in a community. After all, when they made the decision to relocate to a place it’s because they liked what they saw. It’s natural to wish that no change occurs. Under such a vision the inevitable economic forces of supply and demand will eventually force pricing of existing inventory higher and there are again consequences to that alternative. The good news under that alternative is that property taxes also increase with increasing property values, which is like giving the jurisdiction a pay raise without the need for many additional services. The 2025 vision statement of the Town of Truckee is not a vision. It kicks the can down the road and rather suggests that by collectively considering each proposed growth alternative as they are presented, we will be able to sort out the benefits and drawbacks at the time and collectively make decisions of whether to consider a project based on values upon which we all agree. That’s one way to do it. If the citizens of Truckee are satisfied to relegate their future to uncertainty, it’s likely that future decisions will be based on a reaction to what’s already happened and the good or bad consequences of those previous decisions. In other words, it sets up a pendulum effect so that each decision is a response to the consequences of previous decisions. I have argued that it’s far better to determine a vision for the future based on the strengths and weaknesses inherent in our community and build upon that vision moving forward. Not everyone will agree - and that’s OK. But if we want to “embrace our destiny” that’s the way to do it. The alternative is to hope for the best and to keep our fingers crossed. Paul Curtis, GPAC Member
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  • Claire over 1 year ago
    Housing! I do not intend to buy right now but need a place to rent. The rent is out of control, because everyone has gone to AirB&B or Vacation Rentals to make a quick buck. Where are people that work in Truckee suppose to live if they can't afford to buy a house? Also, it's so important to make homes "affordable" for young couples. If this continues (prices of homes out of control), this town will be nothing but second home owners (bought for investments in AirB&B) and older people that have lived here forever. Is that really what we want? The enrollment in our schools will go down because there will be fewer and fewer children. :(
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  • Chris over 1 year ago
    I have a room in to my house that I rent on AirBnB to help me with my mortgage. I pay the 12% tax. About 2 weeks ago I had gotten a notice that if short term rental guests stayed in Truckee Sun-Thursday they could take their rental receipt to the Chamber and get a goodie bag and free $100. bill, cash. This money came directly out of the 12% tax that my I pay. I felt that this was a waste of our tax. I would be happier if it were to go to a fund to house locals rather than just give it away to someone that may never return. That is a waste of taxpayer money. We already have enough tourists/second home owners in the area. We do not need to advertise anywhere to get more. It's already busy enough here. No need to spend the 12% tax on trying to get more tourists. Spend that money on solutions to house the locals. I think Truckee should see if they can lease the land from the Truckee-Tahoe Sanitation Agency on Joerger Rd and build a Tiny House Village out there.
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    • Colleen over 1 year ago
      Dear Chris, Thank you for your comments. The Truckee Tourism Business Improvement District (TTBID) is a subcommittee of the Truckee Chamber of Commerce. This subcommittee decides how to responsibly spend tourism-dedicated funds known as the “TTBID” assessment fee of 2%. Town of Truckee is the collection organization, acting on behalf of TTBID to gather the assessment fee from all properties. TTBID’s goal is responsible tourism focused on driving visitation midweek vs. weekends, and in shoulder seasons when the troughs of tourism impact our economy from retail to restaurants and more. At hotel occupancy rates averaging approximately 51% per year, we are significantly lower than national averages. Regarding the $100 Promotional offer, we encourage and invite all feedback as public comments at TTBID meetings. Information can be found at www.truckee.com/TTBID. Also Chris, thank you for your concern and ideas about housing – an issue near and dear to all of us. The TTBID “Management District Plan”, known as the MDP is what governs Committee decisions and precludes TTBID from investing in housing, which was discussed in detail as our community's greatest need. The Truckee Chamber of Commerce has assisted the Mountain Housing Council with data on the actual number of Locals such as yourself, seeking to make ends meet, on the nightly rental market. The Chamber promotes Mountain Housing Council reports, meetings and progress through our distribution channels. To have further input on Truckee housing, please consider attending those meetings and presenting your ideas. https://mountainhousingcouncil.org. Again, thank you for your comments Chris and I'm happy to clarify anything further, please feel free to give me a call. Colleen Dalton 530-412-7090.
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  • jaeg1530 over 1 year ago
    Development of infrastructure to support the community in the future is paramount. This impacts transportation, public safety, and community development. Our roadways are in failure mode already. Hospital staff can't even get to work to care for our sick. Our community can't get to work when gridlock occurs.Our police and fire can't answer their calls and these occurrences are not optimal or safe for our visitors who we depend on. Adequate affordable housing is also an imperative that needs to be addressed. The solution will be multi-factored. Tiny houses, communal housing, restrictions on STR. We hare going to need to involve the business communities to provide for worker housing.
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  • elev6200 over 1 year ago
    Aggressive Fire Mitigation and public education for safety and evacuation. Save lives first. At the same time (in parallel) immediately test a 50 to 100 tiny house project. The project should allow employer allowed down payments, low interest financing, deed restriction to maintain below market access, and should be open to any employee whose worked a minimum of one year for a Truckee or North Tahoe employer. After this test, refine the program based on study, and move towards greater implementation or phasing.
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  • TruckeePlanning over 1 year ago
    Housing for locals.
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