Public Comment #10 (Gilliom)
Public Comment - Tahoe Donner Marina August 2013
Public Comment #10 (Gilliom)
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8/12/2013 2:10:59 PM
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August 9, 2013 <br /> <br />Jenna Endres <br />Associate Planner <br />Truckee Town Hall <br />10183 Truckee Airport Road <br />Truckee CA 96161 <br /> <br />RE: Tahoe Donner Marina Project <br /> <br />Dear Ms. Endres: <br />I have reviewed the applicants revised plans (June 2013 version) and their associated <br />transmittal letter, with regard to how the applicant has addressed the deficiencies and <br />concerns identified in the previous plan (February 2013 version) by members of the public <br />and the Planning Commissioners. Following is a brief summary of how deficiencies in the <br />previous plan have been addressed, or not, in the revised plan, and I have assigned a letter <br />grade to express my view of the adequacy of response by the applicant. My grades can be <br />interpreted as: <br />A. Great job, shovel ready <br />B. Pretty good, but needs some adjustments <br />C. Significant revision, but substantial improvement still needed <br />D. Token revision, major additional improvement needed <br />E. No effort made <br />1. Reduction of Upper Terrace Impact on Native Trees: C+ <br />Reduced excavation and redesign will save some important trees, but more is readily <br />achievable by conforming more closely to the existing condition (little difference in <br />square footage) and in combination with a more efficient ADA access that achieves <br />greater elevation so that excavation needs are minimized. <br />2. Improved ADA Access with Less Construction Impact: E <br />No effort seems to have been made to improve this aspect of the design, but a simple <br />redesign should be able to terminate the ADA ramp at a higher elevation and avoid all <br />or most of the excavation in the revised plan that will adversely affect trees. <br />3. Improve Construction Methods used around Trees: E <br />I see no evidence of specific plans for “state of the art” construction practices for tree <br />conservation (such as air-‐spading, tree set-‐backs, and use of specific small-‐sized <br />equipment with minimal compaction impact). Specific plans should be prepared by an <br />arborist (and approved by the Town), and construction should be monitored by an <br />arborist. Without such plans and construction oversight, many of the trees that are <br />intended to be protected will eventually be lost.
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