Through broad community engagement, Truckee developed and adopted the Downtown Specific Plan in 1997. In addition, the Town's general plan and development code identified other infill areas outside of downtown and specifically provided increased floor area.
Almost right after the incorporation of the Town of Truckee we began work on the General Plan and Downtown Specific Plan. We prepared an EIR for the downtown specific plan which provides for streamlined environmental review of residential (and certain other project types) under California law.
How did you build support for infill between 2000 & 2015?
Ensuring quality design, investing in public infrastructure in infill locations, providing meaningful opportunities for public engagement (Downtown Design Center, Charrettes, Events).
Infill strategies available in California.
Use of specific plans with master EIRs to streamline subsequent entitlements, use of master plans and program level environmental review to exempt entitlements from further review or at least focus review on specific issues.
What innovative approaches have you used to overcome obstacles to infill?
Upfront planning encouraging density/intensity and providing flexibility in use and standards in infill location. Use of redevelopment and other financing mechanisms to support infill. Prioritization of capital improvements in infill areas.
The economy is still a barrier. "Urban" infill in a rural mountain resort community is still relatively untested from a market standpoint. The cost of addressing infrastructure in infill locations is higher than many green field sites.
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