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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:

Staff Report

Attachment 1 - Draft Planning Commission Resolution No. 2019-03

a. Exhibit A—Master Plan Amendments

b. Exhibit B—Downtown Specific Plan Amendments

c. Exhibit C—Development Permit Conditions of Approval

i. Exhibit C1—Phase I Infrastructure Plan

ii. Exhibit C2Bridge Street Grade Crossings

e. Exhibit D—Railyard Master Plan Environmental Impact Report Addendum

i. Exhibit D1—Master Plan Vision Comparison

ii. Exhibit D2—Railyard LOS: Cumulative Plus Project, Assuming Diversion Away from Delays at Church St./Donner Pass Road

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

iv. Exhibit D4—Revised Mitigation, Monitoring and Reporting Program

f. Exhibit E—Findings

i. Exhibit E1—Truckee Artist Lofts Master Plan Design Guidelines Consistency Matrix

ii. Exhibit E2—Truckee Artist Lofts Master Plan Development Standards Consistency Matrix

Attachment 2 - Truckee Artist Lofts Architectural Plans dated April 2016

Attachment 3 - Truckee Artist Lofts Civil Drawings

Attachment 4 - Applicant-Provided Letter of Explanation

Attachment 5 - Architectural Design Evolution by Elevation (Prepared by Staff)

Attachment 6 - Architectural Review Summary Memo prepared by Staff March 31, 2016

Attachment 7 - Architectural Review Summary Memo dated March 24, 2016

Attachment 8 - March 15, 2016 Meeting Minutes (included in agenda packet)

Attachment 9 - March 15, 2016 Planning Commission Staff Report & Staff Report Attachments

Attachment 10 - February 16, 2016 Joint Council/Commission Railyard Urban Design Workshop Minutes (included in agenda packet)

Attachment 11 - February 16, 2016 Joint Council/Commission Railyard Urban Design Workshop Staff Report & Staff Report Attachments

Attachment 12 - January 19, 2016 Joint Council/Commission Railyard Circulation and Parking Workshop Minutes (included in agenda packet)

Attachment 13 - January 19, 2016 Joint Council/Commission Railyard Circulation and Parking Workshop Staff Report   & Staff Report Attachments

Attachment 14 - July 2, 2009 Truckee Railyard Master Plan

 

Updated March 10, 2016 

The staff report for the March 15, 2016 Planning Commission meeting on the Railyard Master Plan Amendment been released:

Staff Report

Attachment 1 - Truckee Railyard Mixed-Use Development Master Plan, March 2016 Working Draft

Attachment 2 - Master Plan Summary Table

Attachment 3 - Draft Amended Railyard Master Plan, dated October 2, 2015

Attachment 4 - Rail House Plan Set

Attachment 5 - Side-by-Side Comparison

Attachment 6 - Rail House Justification Letter

Attachment 7 - Truckee Artist Lofts Plans

Attachment 8 - Color Board

Attachment 9 - Letter of Justification

 

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:

Staff Report

Attachment 1 - Adopted Truckee Railyard Master Plan

Attachment 2 - Draft Amended Railyard Master Plan, dated October 2, 2015

Attachment 3 - Truckee Artist Lofts Plan Set

Attachment 4 - 11x17 Streetscape Graphics (Staff Report Figures 6-8)

Railyard workshop flyer 2-15-2016

 

 

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.

7. Truckee Artist Lofts_East Elevation 

Links to elevation and site plan graphics below: 

South and East Elevations

Site Plan

Truckee Artist Lofts Building (Summary)

77 apartments

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 dnishimori@townoftruckee.com

 

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OCTOBER 19, 2015 RAILYARD NEWS:

Railyard Master Plan Vision_revised1

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:

COMPLETE_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.

By chapter:

Cover, TOC, and Acknowledgements_Proposed Amended Railyard Master Plan

Chapter 1 - Introduction_Proposed Amended Railyard Master Plan

Chapter 2 -Vision_Proposed Amended Railyard Master Plan

Chapter 3 - Community Context_Proposed Amended Railyard Master Plan

Chapter 4 - Guiding Goals and Policies_Proposed Amended Railyard Master Plan

Chapter 5 - Development Standards and Guidelines_Proposed Amended Railyard Master Plan

Chapter 6 - Public Places_Proposed Amended Railyard Master Plan

Chapter 7 - Transportation and Circulation_Proposed Amended Railyard Master Plan

Chapter 8 - Public Infrastructure_Proposed Amended Railyard Master Plan

Chapter 9 - Implementation and Phasing_Proposed Amended Railyard Master Plan

Chapter 10 - Master Plan Administration_Proposed Amended Railyard Master Plan

 

Use the links below to review the adopted 2009 Railyard Master Plan

COMPLETE 2009 Railyard Master Plan

By chapter: 

Cover, TOC, and Acknowledgements_2009 Railyard Master Plan

Chapter 1- Introduction_2009 Railyard Master Plan

Chapter 2 - Vision_2009 Railyard Master Plan

Chapter 3 - Community Context_2009 Railyard Master Plan

Chapter 4 - Guiding Goals and Policies_2009 Railyard Master Plan

Chapter 5 - Development Standards and Guidelines_2009 Railyard Master Plan

Chapter 6 - Public Places_2009 Railyard Master Plan

Chapter 7 - Transportation and Circulation_2009 Railyard Master Plan

Chapter 8 - Public Infrastructure_2009 Railyard Master Plan

Chapter 9 - Implementation and Phasing_2009 Railyard Master Plan

Chapter 10 - Master Plan Administration_2009 Railyard Master Plan

Chapter 11 - References_2009 Railyard Master Plan

Chapter 12 - Glossary_2009 Railyard Master Plan

Appendix A_2009 Railyard Master Plan

Appendix B_2009 Railyard Master Plan

 Appendix C_2009 Railyard Master Plan

 

Use the links below to review the Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

By chapter: 

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   
                    Land Use   
                    Population, Employment and Housing   
                    Transportation, Circulation and Parking   
                    Air Quality   
                    Noise and Vibration   
                    Geology, Soils and Seismicity   
                    Hydrology and Storm Drainage   
                    Biological Resources   
                    Cultural and Paleontological Resources   
                    Hazards and Public Safety   
                    Utilities   
                    Public Services   
                    Visual Resources   
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 Rail House Theatre Development Application Submittal 151009

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 dnishimori@townoftruckee.com for more information.

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