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<br /> <br />Town Council Staff Report <br />Page 2 of 8 <br />• Prioritization of the 2040 General Plan Update. General Plan updates require significant staff <br />and community resources to ensure the creation of a quality plan that is on point, on time <br />and on budget <br />• Temporarily halting development pending completion and adoption of a new general plan <br />that is likely to have new community goals and policies specific to land use development <br />• Prevent a “rush” to develop <br />• Prevent hasty decisions that would potentially compromise General Plan Update efforts / <br />prevent immediate construction that might be inconsistent with the provisions of a future <br />plan <br /> <br />Direction from Council was requested by staff as part of a series of questions including whether or <br />not Council wanted to initiate a General Plan Update and Downtown Specific Plan Update. The staff <br />report was interpreted by some as a request for Council to approve a building moratorium which led <br />to several staff discussions and meetings with building industry representatives, including the <br />Contractor’s Association of Truckee Tahoe (CATT), and Mountain Area Preservation (MAP) prior to <br />the Council meeting. During public comment, there was opposition to slowing, pausing or stopping <br />any land use or building activity in addition to comments in support of a “pause.” Although Council <br />directed staff to bring back more information for further discussion, the general request was to not <br />overshadow the General Plan Update process; meaning the Council was interested in providing final <br />direction to staff quickly. <br /> <br />Following the Council meeting, staff tabled this topic temporarily and switched gears to prepare the <br />General Plan Update / Downtown Specific Plan Update consultant Request for Proposals and the <br />General Plan Advisory Committee staff report. This break resulted in an opportunity to re-think of the <br />General Plan Update process and its relation to land use permit applications. <br /> <br />Option 3: Why Consider a “House Truckee First Strategy?” <br /> <br />Over the last several years, the lack of affordable and workforce housing and ways to get new units <br />built has risen to the top of community and Council priorities. There is a lot of energy behind creating <br />solutions through the Council’s efforts (e.g.-committing funds to affordable housing projects, <br />Mountain Housing Council, amending regulations, etc.), employer efforts (e.g.-Tahoe Dave’s <br />employee housing, Tahoe Donner employee housing) and emerging development concepts. <br />Although it is typical for planning staff to ask the question about how to handle land use permit <br />processing during a General Plan Update, staff’s reasoning was to understand the level of <br />commitment to the General Plan Update. Often land use applications can consume community <br />bandwidth making it more difficult to discuss community-wide issues such as the relationship <br />between community character and housing density. <br /> <br />General Plan Updates are one of the few times that a community has the opportunity to consider <br />land use, transportation, conservation, and other issues on a comprehensive basis. By nature, land <br />use applications are narrowly focused to the parcel(s) where development is proposed and the <br />immediate surrounding area. A project at Donner Lake for example, is most typically of interest to <br />Donner Lake area residents and property owners. A Glenshire property owner does not necessary <br />feel compelled to participate in the review process because potential issues are typically localized to <br />the narrow geographic area surrounding the property. But if the project was to be presented under <br />the umbrella topic of “how to create more housing opportunities” and it was one of 10-20 sites being <br />considered as part of a housing solutions dialogue, the conversation is broadened and the <br />perspective is Town-wide. Through this comprehensive perspective, the community is able to <br />consider where new housing types can be created, at what densities and design qualities and how <br />much of each type is appropriate. This is fundamental to the role of the General Plan as a <br />comprehensive blueprint for future growth and conservation. Without a comprehensive check-in, the