Truckee commission delays decision on Tahoe Donner XC center |

Truckee commission delays decision on Tahoe Donner XC center

Margaret Moran
A rendering of the new Tahoe Donner cross-country ski center that was approved Tuesday night by the town planning commission. It will be roughly 23 percent larger, at 10,220 square feet, than the existing structure to better accommodate users.
Courtesy Dale Cox Architects |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — A ruling on the Tahoe Donner cross-country ski center project has been pushed back until next month.

After receiving some last minute comments — including from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board — the Truckee Planning Commission on Tuesday decided to continue the topic at its April 15 meeting.

“It’s unfortunate that it’s been delayed,” said Forrest Huisman, director of capital projects at Tahoe Donner. “We certainly understand that the process needs to occur, and so we will be patient.”

In the meantime, town staff intends to work with Tahoe Donner on addressing concerns raised at Tuesday’s special meeting, which included impacts to a neighboring wetland and special events.

The new cross-country ski center would replace the current 8,271-square-foot facility at 15275 Alder Creek Road and have similar offerings — a food and beverage station, kitchen, dining area, retail shop, rental area, restrooms and offices.

It would be 23 percent larger at 10,220 square feet, with an expanded parking lot to accommodate 150 vehicles, up from 110. The center would also feature a public locker room, public waxing room and a multi-use room.

The facility would better accommodate peak use; on a busy day, the current center can see roughly 400 to 600 users, according to previous reports.

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