A Note from the President
Hello CATT Members –
As summer approaches, important work continues on the Truckee General Plan Update, with continued focus on affordable and achievable housing. I recently attended two key meetings this past month - a joint Town Council and Planning Commission meeting, and the General Plan Advisory Committee meeting - to discuss a draft of the Housing Element Update. CATT Government Affairs Manager, Pat Davison, CATT LGAC Housing Committee Chair, Kristi Thompson, CATT LGAC General Plan Update Committee Chair, Chip Huck, and CATT LGAC members Craig Weaver, Heather Rankow and Valerie Brinker, were in attendance to participate in the discussion and represent the CATT membership.
I am encouraged by the support that we see from Town Council, Planning Commissioners and Town staff to take meaningful steps towards building more affordable and achievable housing. Town Council has agreed to move forward on rezoning work for 8 projects without delays in waiting for the General Plan Update. This could accelerate the progress of potential projects by doing some of the land use analysis for them. At this point there is a growing consensus in Truckee and throughout the State that the roots of the housing crisis are in consistently high levels of process impediments – zoning codes and project requirements that are not clearly defined, project application documentation requirements that are not clearly defined – or are continuously amended after the process begins - and infrastructure burdens (additional costs) that are added after the application is submitted, among other things. We are told that Truckee Town Council has included a new Housing Coordinator position in the budget for next year, which appears to be a positive step toward providing critical clarity and greater levels of predictability in the project review process. We applaud Town Council for their understanding of this problem and action to contribute to the solution. We also look to Town Council for leadership in limiting the unbalanced and undue influence of self-interested special interest groups who seek to obstruct the approval of badly needed housing projects. In the past 10 years only 400 affordable housing units have been constructed in Truckee – it is estimated that 4-5,000 people who currently work in the Truckee area commute in from other places every day. Obviously significant changes in the manner in which the process is structured and managed must be made if we expect different results in the next 10 years. The essential character of the community and future opportunities for our children to live and work here are at stake. Please email your Town Council members and let them know how important it is that they are committed to getting affordable and achievable housing built soon.
CATT member Ground Up Construct will be running the 3rd of 3 workforce development workshops with lunch included on June 5, 11:30-1:30. And CATT member, Haynie & Company will add a Tax workshop for contractors with CPA John Cunha on June 6, 12:00-1:30. These workshops are free and are an excellent opportunity to learn how to build better businesses.
The CATT Spring Golf Tournament will be held at Gray’s Crossing on June 12 – there are still a few spaces available, so don’t miss this great opportunity to play a stellar course and spend the day with other CATT members.
Finally, remember to vote in the State Senate run-off election on June 4. CATTPAC has endorsed Brian Dahle (our current State Assembly Representative) to move up to represent us in the State Senate on the strength of his record in the Assembly, and detailed knowledge of critical water, timber management, wildfire and small business issues.
Good luck out there – and be safe!
Regards - Peter