Truckee puts first-floor offices to vote |

Truckee puts first-floor offices to vote

TRUCKEE – The Truckee Town Council will vote Feb. 1, 2007, on a permanent ordinance preventing offices from moving into first-floor spaces on Commercial Row.

At a special meeting Thursday night, the council adopted an interim prohibition on all uses except retail, restaurants, and bars from Bridge Street to Spring Street on the north side of Donner Pass Road. The ordinance can be extended for one or two years to give the town more time to consider a more permanent solution.

An ordinance banning first floor real-estate offices passed in December 2005 in Nevada City. The City of Grass Valley is considering a similar ban on nonretail businesses on ground-floor spaces in the historic downtown area along Mill and Main streets.

Truckee Town Manager Tony Lashbrook outlined a best-case timeline for action on the office space issue.

He said town staff would begin work immediately to contact all stake-holders and work with them, and a more permanent ordinance could come before the Truckee Planning Commission Jan. 10, and go to the town council for final approval Feb. 1.

Realtors, both with offices on Commercial Row and elsewhere, spoke against the temporary ordinance.

John Falk, representing the Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors, disagreed with the premise that offices were bad for downtown business and foot traffic.

“Real estate offices generate foot traffic. People do browse the listings in the real estate windows,” Falk said.


The Union staff contributed to this story.

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