The term “right of way” describes portions of land where a government agency has legal access to the land to perform one or more of its duties. One of the most common examples of the right of way in the Town of Truckee is the area of land between privately owned land and the edge of pavement of streets owned and/or maintained by the Town. This area allows for storage of snow that is plowed from Town streets.
Where am I allowed to place my mailbox / bear box?
Mailboxes are allowed in the Town right of way if they are placed in moveable containers, such as a 5-gallon bucket filled with concrete or sand. The Town assumes no liability whatsoever for mailboxes temporarily located in the right of way and damaged by snow removal operations.
Bear-proof garbage containers must be placed out of the Town right of way and on private property. While the Town requires the box outside the right of way, the Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal Company (TTSD) also has maximum distances off of the street. Call any additional questions please call TTSD at (530)583-0148.
What are the Town’s driveway requirements/design standards?
The residential driveway requirements may be found here.
Why does my driveway need to be asphalt?
The Town of Truckee right of way is home to roadways and utilities alike. The Town repaves and slurry seals its streets with asphalt-concrete. The utility providers routinely trench for underground utilities in the Town right of way. In order to tie-in to residential driveways after periodic road and utility maintenance, we require that driveways be constructed from asphalt concrete.
Why is the grade of my driveway limited to no more than 16% on my property, and no more than 6% in the Town right of way?
In general, these slope specifications allow for safe access to and from houses by emergency response vehicles such as ambulances and fire trucks.
Why can't I have two driveways or a circular driveway?
Residential lots in Truckee are limited to one encroachment due to the need for snow storage in the Town right of way.
Who is responsible for maintaining my driveway culvert?
Individual property owners are responsible for maintaining driveway culverts. This includes clearing of sediment and debris and repairing and replacing the culvert.
Why do I need to call in a subgrade inspection 48 hours prior to a foundation inspection?
Subgrade inspections are conducted prior to foundation inspection, approval, and concrete pouring to ensure that the rough grade of the driveway is sufficient to meet what is provided on the approved plans. Ideally, the subgrade inspection should occur prior to the foundation formwork. Often, once the foundation is poured it is too late to adjust the grade of the driveway between the home and the edge of pavement. The Engineering Department avoids this difficult issue by performing a subgrade inspection early on in the construction project.
Do I need a driveway (encroachment) permit if I......?
a. Tear out and put in new asphalt (check with Engineering at 582-2931) b. Resurface or re-seal my driveway (no) c. Build a new garage but keep the same driveway (probably – please check with Engineering at 582-2931).
When do I NOT need a driveway permit?
You do not need a driveway permit when you are performing maintenance (slurry seal or repaving) of your driveway in its original-permitted location, dimensions, and grades.
What is the difference between re-paving and slurry seal?
Slurry seal is a thin seal placed on roadways to help preserve the roadway surface. Slurry uses a fine aggregate similar to sand, while pavement contains a coarse aggregate. For maintenance of a roadway in good condition, a slurry seal placed on the existing pavement adds time to the life of the roadway. A slurry seal is a cold-mix combination of asphalt emulsion, fine well-graded aggregate, and water. Slurry seals have been used by the Town for many years and have proven to be a cost-effective preventative treatment that is well accepted by the community. Pavement consists of a thicker structural section of asphalt concrete. Re-paving consists of placing 2 inches or more thick asphalt overlay on top of a paved road. In some instances (when the road is severely deteriorated or if tying into existing crossroads would be too difficult if the pavement elevation is increased) a specified depth of the existing pavement is removed and then replaced with new asphalt. Reconstruction consists of milling and removing the existing pavement and base course. The new base is then added, shaped and compacted. Two or more lifts of asphalt concrete are then placed on the base course.
How often is my street slurry sealed?
The Town of Truckee applies slurry seals to most Town roads once every five years. A higher level of service is also provided to the Glenshire and Tahoe Donner Subdivision roads, where property owners pay a special service fee that funds more frequent maintenance (slurry seals once every three years). The roads that are proposed to be slurry sealed this year may be found on the Town’s Capital Improvement Projects page.
When will my street be repaved?
The Town of Truckee paves most roads every 12 to 20 years. The Town conducts roadway inspections occur approximately every five years, during which the roads are rated. Those roads that receive a low rating (due to cracks, wear, rutting, potholes, or poor ride conditions) are flagged and scheduled for upgrade. The Town’s Pavement Maintenance Program (PMP) provides a five-year schedule for maintenance on Town roads. Note that the PMP is a planning document and roads may be added or eliminated to the maintenance schedule based upon additional field surveys or consideration for other construction projects in town. But, the paving and slurry schedules from the 2018 PMP are provided here.
Can I cut down trees on my property?
Please call the Planning Department at (530) 582-7820 and check with the homeowner association for the neighborhood in which you live (if applicable).
Can I cut down trees in front of my house that are in the Town right of way (and not on my property?)
Please call the Department of Public Works at (530) 582-7707.
Who do I talk to about an issue with traffic signals?
Call or email Todd Landry at (530) 582-2904 or Becky Bucar at (530) 582-2932.
I have a drainage issue on my property. How do I report it?
How do I get notified about upcoming construction or consultant work?
You can sign up to receive email notifications for various Town of Truckee news. Go to the email notifications link on the Town website, fill out your contact information, and indicate what types of notifications you wish to receive.
What do I do if I notice a water quality issue, such as spills, foamy water, or discolored water in a creek, stream, ditch, or stormdrain?
You can report water quality issues to the Stormwater Hotline at (530) 582-7794. For clogged drains within the Town right of way, contact the Department of Public Works at (530) 582-7707 or submit a service request on yourgov.com.
Who should I call about snow removal?
Please see the Town of Truckee's snow removal webpage. The department of Public Works may also be reached at (530) 582-7707.
What are the Town limits?
Please click on the link for a map of the Town of Truckee City Limits.
Who is responsible for sidewalk maintenance?
Unless a property is part of a Community Facilities District or Assessment District that includes sidewalk maintenance, adjacent property owners are responsible for the maintenance of the sidewalk along the property frontage, whether or not it is on private property or in the public right of way. Community Facilities District or Assessment Districts are currently established in Brickelltown, the Railyard, and along the western Envision DPR segment (Donner Pass Road from Cold Stream Road to SR 89 South).
Why doesn’t the Town install speed humps or speed bumps?
Speed humps and speed bumps are vertical obstacles in the road extending across a travel way to slow vehicle speeds. They are made of asphalt, concrete, plastic, rubber, or metal. The Town does not recommend installing speed humps or bumps on publicly maintained roads due to their lack of effectiveness, impediment to snow removal operations, and installation and maintenance costs.
Town staff obtained before and after speed studies where speed humps have been installed on residential roads in neighboring jurisdictions. The studies have shown that speed humps have not been effective at significantly reducing vehicle speeds. The measured speeds after the speed hump installation was only 1 or 2 MPH different than before they were installed, and in some cases, the “after” speed was faster than the “before” speed. Additional issues with speed humps include:
Interference with emergency vehicle response times.
Increased traffic noise levels from engines revving over the speed humps.
Increased acceleration between the speed humps.
Increase in vehicle exhaust emissions from acceleration after going over speed humps.