Join Mountain Housing Council for a Think Tank Oct. 25

The Mountain Housing Council of Tahoe Truckee invites you to A Public Think Tank: Employer Solutions, to learn what employers and agencies both inside the region and from elsewhere are doing to address housing problems and retain employees – and to offer ideas of your own.

When: October 25, 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: North Tahoe Event Center, Kings Beach

The evening will include a panel discussion on how the housing crisis affects our local economy, speakers sharing ready-to-implement solutions for employers, an open Solutions Slam for community members to share their own ideas and a networking session.

Speakers on the panel include:

  • Kris York, Sierra Business Council (Moderator)
  • Joy Doyle with North Tahoe Business Association
  • Lynn Saunders with the Truckee Chamber of Commerce
  • Cindy Gustafson with North Lake Tahoe Resort Association
  • Donald Terry with Neighborworks Home Ownership Center, Sacramento Region
  • Jaime Wright with Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association
  • Kay Hartman with Mammoth Community Water District

Along with hearing from the panel, members of the public are encouraged to share their ideas both as part of the open Solutions Slam or in smaller groups as part of a networking portion of the meeting.

Click here to see what some local employers are already doing to make a difference

Secondary Dwelling Units: A Local Housing Solution in Your Own Backyard

What is a Secondary Dwelling Unit?

A Secondary Dwelling Unit (also referred to as an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), second unit, in-law unit, or granny flat) has complete independent living facilities for one or more persons and generally takes one of four forms:

  • Detached: The unit is separated from the primary structure
  • Attached: The unit is attached to the primary structure
  • Repurposed Existing Space: Space (e.g., master bedroom) within the primary residence is converted into an independent living unit
  • Junior Accessory Dwelling Units (JADUs), which are no more than 500 square feet and are typically bedrooms in a single-family home that have an entrance into the unit from the main home and an entrance to the outside from the JADU.

Benefits of Second Dwellings

  • Second dwelling units are an affordable type of home to construct because they do not require paying for land or major new infrastructure.
  • Second dwelling units are installed on existing lots, which helps with contain urban sprawl and preserve open space.
  • Homeowners can construct a second dwelling on their lot or convert an underutilized part of their home such as a garage into a junior accessory dwelling unit. This flexibility benefits not just people renting the space, but the homeowner as well, who can receive an extra monthly rent income.
  • Second dwelling units give homeowners the flexibility to share independent living areas with family members and others, allowing seniors to age in place as they require more care and helping extended families to be near one another while maintaining privacy.

Did you Know?

The Town of Truckee, Nevada County, and Placer County all allow the construction of secondary dwelling units on residential lots as long as they meet building code and zoning requirements. Recent changes in State Law have relaxed the requirements and approval process for second dwelling units, such as reducing parking standards and limiting development fees.


Cohousing Concept Comes to Truckee

By Julia Waltner, Truckee Cohousing

I remember walking through the neighborhood for the first time and thinking “is this place for real?”

The layout of the homes created a car-free neighborhood where our kids felt immediately comfortable. The design also created invitation for vibrant community interactions with common spaces for walking, playing, or gathering.

Fruit trees and lilac line walkways where front doors are adjacent for neighborly chatting. Parking is on the periphery creating a park like feel when walking in between housing blocks. The common house is available to all and features a dining room for common meals with up to 60 people, ping pong and pool area, massage/music/yoga room, kids play room with climbing wall, as well as guest rooms that we reserved when our friends and relatives came for visits.

All this meant that we could live simpler but have access to a greater pool of resources. Our house was smaller, but our capacity seemed bigger. This community was not only safe and supportive, it was managed by residents and inspired us to become active citizens of our smaller community, as well as our larger.

Ultimately, leaving Nevada City Cohousing after two years was hard, but our heart is in Truckee. It was an eye opening experience and we are thrilled to be a part of creating a Cohousing in Truckee. We see a big void in Truckee and want to continue our role as citizens in filling that void with a supportive and family-friendly neighborhood, similar to that of Nevada City Cohousing.

Do you want to live in a community-designed neighborhood in Truckee? We want to hear from you! Community members interested in learning more about Cohousing are invited to join us at a potluck/info meeting on September 30th at the Truckee Regional Park from 4-6:30 pm. (RSVP) We will also be coming up with next steps for getting the word out about the Getting-it-Built workshop on Nov 4-5 (Click Here)

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