Truckee bends rules to approve plan for manufactured homes: Duplex-style dwellings to sell for around $300,000 |

Truckee bends rules to approve plan for manufactured homes: Duplex-style dwellings to sell for around $300,000

David Bunker

TRUCKEE – The planning commission here approved the Spring Creek subdivision, calling the manufactured home project an innovative and creative way to build affordable housing.

Spring Creek will be set on just over 10 acres bordered by the Alder Creek Middle School, Coachland Mobile Home Park and the Pine Forest Subdivision. It will offer 30 duplex-style homes for sale to moderate income earners. The units are expected to sell near or below $300,000.

The project will also include 36 market-rate manufactured homes, which will encircle the inner group of affordable units.

Each Spring Creek home, which will be shipped in large pieces from an Idaho manufacturer, will be bolted to a traditional foundation. Garages will be built on site and added to each home.

Despite objections of neighboring Pine Forest property owners, the commission approved the project last week because it will give local residents a unique chance at affordable home ownership in the community.

“I can see the type of people that are going to be living here,” said Commissioner Cadie Olsen, “and it is people who we need to keep in the community.”

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The commission granted numerous exceptions to town standards, including reduced lot sizes and setbacks, to approve the affordable units that will be built with no public funding.

“That is the only way we know to make units affordable – make them small and put them on small lots,” Commissioner Bob Johnston said.

The 30 three-bedroom homes will satisfy the employee housing requirements of the three phases of neighboring Pioneer Commerce Center, a large commercial and industrial complex that is still being expanded.

Several Pine Forest residents criticized the subdivision, however, saying that the project would ruin views from neighboring parcels and lower property values. Others attacked the design of the project.

“The biggest thing I oppose is the economic segregation that is proposed by this project,” said William Cassity. “You are creating basically a rich zone and a poor zone.”

The Workforce Housing Association of Truckee Tahoe and Kevin Marshall, co-founder of Pioneer Commerce Center business Clear Capital, spoke in favor of the project. They said the subdivision will keep locals from leaving town to find housing.

“We support this project,” Marshall said. “We have good, well-educated, responsible folks who want a place to live.”

Before approving the project, the commission added tree and vegetation screening on the western edge of the parcel and expanded the guest parking by 10 spaces in the development.