Updated October 17, 2018
The Planning Division has received an application for a 12,130 s.f. three-screen movie theater and performing arts theater in the Truckee Railyard Master Plan Area. The large auditorium is about 3,057 SF with 199 seats, the first small auditorium is 1,541 SF with 95 seats and the second small auditorium is 1,363 SF with 84 seats.
Please visit the Truckee Art Haus project page to review the project plans.
Updated August 20, 2018
The Truckee Artist Lofts Truckee Artist Lofts was the first approved project within the Railyard Master Plan Area and was envisioned as a mixed use/mixed income neighborhood providing new high density housing Downtown. The applicants have been working to guide the project to construction and through this effort the project has evolved since the initial project approval in May 2016.
In August 2018, the developer submitted an application requesting approval of a Project Amendment, which is scheduled for review by the Planning Commission on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. Please visit the Truckee Artist Lofts project page to review the project's evolution and a summary of the currently-proposed changes to the project.
Updated November 20, 2017
The Planning Division has received a land use application for a 54,297 s.f. multi-story mixed use structure and two 320 s.f. ground-mounted shipping container structures converted to retail/food services uses located in the southwestern section of the balloon track of the Downtown Extension (DE) district of the Railyard Master Plan. Other features include a loading area proposed off of Church Street Extension adjacent to the balloon track, on the west side of the building; outdoor seating/sales areas for the retail/food services container structures; and a rooftop deck is proposed on the third floor of the building to provide opportunities for outdoor dining for the proposed restaurant.
The requested land use approvals include: 1) Development Permit for a large project over 15,000 s.f. in the Railyard Master Plan Area; 2) Use Permit for construction and establishment of two “Mini or Pop-up Retail Spaces; and 3) Comprehensive Sign Program for all signs within this project site.
Project plans are located here.
Updated June 12, 2017
The staff report for the Truckee Railyard Mixed Use Development Master Plan Development Agreement, to be reviewed at the June 15, 2017 Special Planning Commission meeting, has been released. The staff report can also be viewed using the following Dropbox link.
Updated March 16, 2017
The staff report for the March 2017 Draft Railyard Mixed Use Development Parking Management Plan, to be reviewed at the March 21, 2017 Planning Commission meeting, has been released. The staff report can also be viewed using the following Dropbox link.
Updated February 14, 2017
The Truckee Railyard Master Plan, adopted November 2016, has been released.
Updated April 14, 2016
The staff report for the April 19, 2016 Planning Commission meeting on the Truckee Artist Lofts has been released:
a. Exhibit A—Master Plan Amendments
b. Exhibit B—Downtown Specific Plan Amendments
c. Exhibit C—Development Permit Conditions of Approval
iii. Exhibit D3—Assessment of Risk at the Proposed Crossing, excerpted from the Draft CPUC application for approval to construct three public at-grade crossings, completed by Greg Chido, P.E., of Chiodo Associates, July 2016
f. Exhibit E—Findings
Attachment 10 - February 16, 2016 Joint Council/Commission Railyard Urban Design Workshop Minutes (included in agenda packet)
Attachment 12 - January 19, 2016 Joint Council/Commission Railyard Circulation and Parking Workshop Minutes (included in agenda packet)
Updated March 10, 2016
The staff report for the March 15, 2016 Planning Commission meeting on the Railyard Master Plan Amendment been released:
Updated February 11, 2016
The staff report for the February 16, 2016 joint Town Council and Planning Commission workshop on the Railyard Master Plan Amendment and Urban Design has been released:
Updated January 28, 2016
Truckee Artist Lofts Affordable Housing Project Submitted
In addition to The Rail House Theater, the Town has also received an application for a second building, the Truckee Artist Lofts, a 4-story, 77-unit mixed-income/affordable housing project. The developer is pursuing Low Income Housing Tax Credits to be able to provide affordable rental housing for individuals and families earning 30% to 60% of area median income (AMI). A project summary is provided below.
Links to elevation and site plan graphics below:
Truckee Artist Lofts Building (Summary)
16 studios (469 sf each), 32-1BD (612 sf each), 9-2BD (830 sf), 20-3BD units (1,106 sf each)
Ground floor: 37,048 sf
Second Floor: 37,620 sf
Third Floor: 26,749 sf
Fourth Floor: 20,513 sf
Total GFA: 121,930 sf
Truckee Artist Lofts Building Ground Floor
- One studio/1BD unit, six 1BD/1BA units, two 3BD/3BA units (nine units total consisting of 7,622 sf)
- 1,087 sf private storage/patio space
- 3,099 sf community center (for building tenants)
- 1,708 sf common area
- 45 covered parking space (19,677 sf of parking)
- 3,855 sf retail
Truckee Artist Lofts Building Second Floor
- Six studio/1BD units, nine 1BD/1BA units, two 2BD/2BA units, seven 3BD/BA units (24 units total consisting of 17,860 sf)
- 2,082 sf private storage/patio space
- 2,244 sf community center (for building tenants)
- 5,621 sf common area
- 9,813 sf terrace area
Truckee Artist Lofts Building Third Floor
- Five studio/1BD units, ten 1BD/1BA units, two 2BD/2BA units, nine 3BD/BA units (26 units total consisting of 19,218 sf)
- 2,219 sf private storage/patio space
- 2,244 sf community center (for building tenants)
- 5,312 sf common area
Truckee Artist Lofts Building Forth Floor
- Four studio/1BD units, seven 1BD/1BA units, five 2BD/2BA units, two 3BD/BA units (18 units total consisting of 12,522 sf)
- 1,542 sf private storage/patio space
- 388 sf community center (for building tenants)
- 3,419 sf common area
- 2,642 sf terrace area
This project is being reviewed concurrent with the proposed Railyard Master Plan Amendment and Rail House Theater application.
Updated January 11, 2016
RAILYARD CIRCULATION & PARKING WORKSHOP: January 19, 2016
The Truckee Town Council and Planning Commission will hold a joint workshop at 6:00 p.m. on January 19, 2016, in Council Chambers at Truckee Town Hall (10183 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee CA 96161), to review a revised Railyard Master Plan and development applications for The Rail House Theater and Truckee Artist Lofts affordable housing project have been submitted. Changes to road configurations and parking and are being considered. Major topics include:
- Extension of Church St. east of Donner Pass Rd. to Glenshire Dr. as the primary through connection within the Railyard Master Plan Area in-lieu of Donner Pass Rd.
- Roundabout versus conventional intersection at the Church St./Donner Pass Rd. intersection
- Existing intersection policy direction
- Pedestrian, bicycle and transit movement/facilities
- Parking Management within the Downtown Extension District
For more information, contact Denyelle Nishimori, Planning Manager, at 530-582-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
OCTOBER 19, 2015 RAILYARD NEWS:
Truckee Railyard Master Plan Amendment and Rail House Theater Project Submitted
The Truckee Railyard Master Plan, which encompasses 75 acres directly east of Historic Downtown, was adopted by the Town Council in 2009. The 2009 Master Plan was created to formalize the Town’s vision for the Railyard Area and to guide its future redevelopment. The plan addresses building architecture and character, desired land uses, and private/public spaces including roads, sidewalks and parking among other aspects.
Following the adoption of the 2009 Railyard Master Plan the developer continued to refine site and building layouts, permitting, project costs and terms with Union Pacific Railroad. However, it became clear during this time that relocation of the balloon track—a major existing site constraint—would not be feasible and was no longer the preferred option. As a result, a revised Master Plan is proposed to reflect the changed circumstances. The amended Railyard Master Plan was submitted to the Planning Division on October 5, 2015 and is current under review. A joint Town Council/Planning Commission study session will be scheduled in the near future to present revisions and changes and also to present the first building to the public and decision-makers: The Rail House Theater.
Scroll down to access the proposed amended Railyard Master Plan, the adopted 2009 Railyard Master Plan, the Environmental Impact Report, and the 2009 Economic Impact Analysis Report.
Use the links below to view the proposed amended Railyard Master Plan:
Note: Updated figures are provided at the end of each chapter in a comparison format that shows the 2009 figure compared to the 2015 figure. After Master Plan Amendment approval, the document will be formatted and the revised figures (rather than the comparisons) will be incorporated into each chapter.
Use the links below to review the adopted 2009 Railyard Master Plan
Use the links below to review the Environmental Impact Report (EIR)
EIR - Volume 3 Responses to Comments (Final EIR)
Part 1 - Introduction
Part 2 - Responses to Comments
Part 3 - Responses to Comments
Part 4 - Responses to Comments
Part 5 - Responses to Comments
Part 6 - Responses to Comments
Part 7 - Responses to Comments
Part 8 - Text Revisions to EIR
Part 9 - Appendix A (Economic Impact Analysis)
Part 10 - Appendix B (Transportation)
EIR - Volume 1 Draft EIR
Cover, Notice of Availability, and Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - Summary
Chapter 3 - Project Description
Chapter 4 - Setting, Impacts and Mitigation Measures
Population, Employment and Housing
Transportation, Circulation and Parking
Noise and Vibration
Geology, Soils and Seismicity
Hydrology and Storm Drainage
Cultural and Paleontological Resources
Hazards and Public Safety
Chapter 5 - Alternatives
Chapter 6 - CEQA Required Conclusions and Cumulative Impacts
Chapter 7 - Report Preparation
Appndx A - Notice of Preparation and Comment Letters
Appndx B - Relationship of Master Plan to Relevant Plans and Policies
EIR - Volume 2 Draft EIR Appendices
Cover and Table of Contents
Appndx C - Transportation
Appndx D - Air Quality
Appndx E - Noise and Vibration
Appndx F - Water Supply Assessment
Click here to view the March 20, 2009 Economic Impact Analysis Report.
In other Railyard news, in early July 2015, the California Strategic Growth Council awarded the Railyard Mixed-Use Development Project an $8 million grant, bringing its total secured funding to $14 million. The Railyard Master Plan was one of 28 housing and transit-friendly infrastructure projects that received $121.9 million in grants and loans from the council. This funding will allow for infill development adjacent to Truckee’s historic downtown. Funds will be used to install infrastructure — sewer, utilities and roads — in the Master Plan Area.
The Rail House Theater Project
The first development application to construct a building within the Railyard Master Plan Area was submitted on October 9, 2015. This building, called the “Rail House Theater,” is a mixed-use building with retail and restaurant spaces on the ground floor, a six-screen movie theater on the second floor and residential condominiums on the second and third floor. More specifically, the 95,489 sf, 4-story project includes:
Rail House Theater Building
Ground floor: 31,731sf
Second Floor: 32,174sf
Third Floor: 16,440sf
Fourth Floor: 15,144sf
Total GFA: 95,489
Height 50 feet
Rail House Theater Building Ground Floor
- 41 parking spaces
- 8 individual tenant spaces for future retail (8,576 sf total)
- 2 restaurant spaces (4,644 sf total)
- Two trash rooms, one for residents and one for businesses (509 sf)
- Residential storage locker area (1,861 sf)
- Residential dog wash (159 sf)
- Movie theater lobby and loading (1,708 sf total)
- Residential lobby (896)
Rail House Theater Building Second Floor
- 9 residential condominium units (three 1-bedroom, five, 2-bedroom, one 3-bedroom for a total of 13,408 sf)
- 6-screen movie theater (672 seat total including one 267-seat dual purpose movie theater and performing arts theater, 18,767 sf total).
Rail House Theater Building Third Floor
- 9 residential condominium units (three 1-bedroom, five, 2-bedroom, one 3-bedroom for a total of 13,393 sf)
- Theater mezzanine (2,916 sf)
Rail House Theater Building Forth Floor
- 9 residential condominium units (two studios, four 1-bedroom loft, two 3-bedroom for a total of 15,144 sf)
Other proposed features include an open space area along the western side of the building with benches and outdoor fire pit, additional off-site parking within the Union Pacific right-of-way along the main line tracks, sidewalks, landscaping and similar public improvements. Proposed architectural materials include board-form concrete, brick, reclaimed wood and metal.
The final drawings for the Rail House Theatre Development Permit Application are here.
Additional 3D views and elevations here.
Check back for regular updates or contact Planning Manager, Denyelle Nishimori at 530-582-2934 or email@example.com for more information.