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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.