Give Back with the Tahoe Donner Giving Fund

Giving back to the community one day at a time, the Tahoe Donner Giving Fund (TDGF) will officially launch in 2015. This fund is a new non-profit program designed to allow Tahoe Donner members the opportunity to make charitable contributions to benefit the greater Truckee/Tahoe area. Contributing to the TDGF is on a volunteer basis and is a tax deductible contribution. The TDGF is part of the Tahoe Donner Homeowners Association, but no assessment money will go into the fund and the fund will reimburse the Association for services.

The fund is administered by the Tahoe Donner board and assisted by a volunteer committee made up of Tahoe Donner homeowners in good standing who are passionate about giving back to this community. The newly established committee, the Tahoe Donner Giving Fund operations and grant committee, will recommend actions and funding to support the following local areas of interest:

  • Health and human services
  • Environment, conservation and animal welfare
  • Education and youth development
  • Arts and culture

The board appointed the initial committee members to include: Merle Fajans and Dick Gander as co-chairs, Marilyn Disbrow, Jennifer Jordon, Suzanne Sullivan, Joan Woodard, Cam Murphy, Barbara Czerwinski and Janet Zipser Zipkin.

“The board would like to thank the volunteers for the new committee and for their effort over the past few months in creating this important new way for homeowners that live part-time or full-time in Tahoe Donner to support and give back to our local community,” said Jim Stang, Tahoe Donner board president.

The Tahoe Donner Giving Fund volunteer operations and grant committee will create a funding and marketing plan over the next few months for fundraising in 2015. The Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF) will provide all legal, accounting and investment services for the TDGF. In addition, TTCF will assist with the grant making process to local non-profit organizations.

With over 25,000 Tahoe Donner members, if every member donated just $10 to raise more than $250,000 in local funding, Tahoe Donner Giving Fund has the potential to make a significant difference in our community. Tahoe Donner and the TDGF team look forward to the endless possibilities coming to the community this 2015 year.

December 1, 2014

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Passholder Perks This Season

Buy your adult pass anytime this year and we’ll give you season long benefits.

How does 10% off food and merchandise at Cross Country or Downhill sound? Buy your pass anytime and you’ll get this amazing deal all season long. Plus, if you buy a combo pass, you’ll get 10% off at Pizza on the Hill and The Lodge Restaurant and Pub through June 15, 2015. Additionally, all passholders will enjoy free access to Snowplay!

At Tahoe Donner, we are proud to offer the best deals in town!

Must present valid pass for discount and deals; food discount excludes alcohol and cannot be combined with any other coupon or promotion; 10% off merchandise discount is for regular-priced items and excludes items on sale. Pass Perks are valid from date of issuance of pass (not date of purchase) through June 15, 2015. Pass Perks for 2015/2016 season pass purchasers will begin at date of purchase in Spring 2015.

November 3, 2014

Mountain Bounty Organic Produce Program

Would you like to receive a weekly delivery of fresh, seasonal produce, locally grown and straight from the farm?

The CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program is steadily picking up momentum with more participants joining the program each week! The CSA winter program currently runs for 24 weeks for veggies (deliveries through May 14, 2015) and 17 weeks for fruit (deliveries through March 25, 2015). Box varieties are delivered to the Trout Creek Recreation Center and will be available for pickup anytime between 2-10 p.m. on Thursdays, starting Nov. 20 (one week before Thanksgiving).

By participating in a CSA Program you have a direct relationship with the local Mountain Bounty Farm which delivers fresh produce on a weekly basis straight from the farm. See Mountain Bounty Farm for more details.

Interested? It’s not too late to join. Sign up here or contact Dana with Member Services at 530-582-9656 or via email at

October 5, 2014

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Are You Burning Debris Legally?

Burn permits are required for members of the association for debris burning. Burning season usually starts around the end of October. Once we receive several inches of measurable precipitation and it is deemed safe to burn piles, CAL FIRE will lift the burn ban in the Truckee area. Tahoe Donner does not regulate the burning of debris; however, burning in the association is only permitted once the burn ban has been lifted through Dec. 31 of a given year.

To burn dead limbs, pine needles and other vegetative debris collected from your improved property, you must obtain a residential burn permit from either the Truckee Fire Protection District (TFPD) located at 11473 Donner Pass Road or CAL FIRE located at 10277 Truckee Tahoe Airport Road. Undeveloped properties must obtain a project burn permit from TFPD as well as an air pollution permit. Once you obtain your burning permit and intend to burn on a given day, you must call 530-582-1027 to confirm it is a permissible burn day. Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District manages the burn day status with the predicted weather conditions. If it is a burn day, you must then call TFPD to report you are burning at your given location.

The following are burning permit terms for vegetative material:

• Maximum pile size is four feet in diameter.
• The area within ten feet of the outer edge of the pile must be maintained free and clear of all flammable material and vegetation.
• An adult must be in attendance with a shovel until the fire is out.
• A water supply must be located at the burn site.
• It is a good idea to cover your piles before fall rain to keep the material dry for efficient burning with little pollution.

If you have any questions about burning on your property, please call TFPD at 530-582-7850 or the forestry department of Tahoe Donner at 530-587-9432.

September 12, 2014

Tahoe Donner Residential Building Envelopes

Members often ask how and where they can develop their lot at Tahoe Donner. There are various zoning rules from the Town of Truckee combined with Tahoe Donner Association governing documents that regulate where you can build on your lot, often called the “building setback” or “building envelope.”

Building setbacks exist for many reasons. They enhance street aesthetics, create privacy by preventing buildings being constructed too close to one another, and also prevent encroachments and snow from possibly shedding across property lines. Another reason for the setbacks is to provide easements for access, recreation, erosion control, and utilities so local power and water companies may gain access to infrastructure.

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Setback Lines:

  • Front Setback: Each lot includes an easement of snow storage by the Town of Truckee. These easements consist of a strip of land 20 feet wide at the front of each parcel and parallel to all roads (corner lots).
  • Side Setbacks: A minimum 10 foot side setback running parallel from the side property lot lines.
  • Rear Setback: Running parallel to the rear property lot line, a minimum rear setback is equal to 20 percent of the gross area of the lot or a minimum of 25 feet. The rear setback is intended to be preserved as a greenbelt area.
  • Building Height: The maximum height for any structure or improvement shall be 35 feet measured from the building’s midpoint on the downslope.
  • Maximum Lot Coverage: The maximum area to be surfaced including all buildings and paved areas is 35 percent of the total lot area.


  • Utility Easements: Easements for installation and maintenance of utilities and drainage facilities are shown on the subdivision maps. These easements generally consist of 10 feet at the front of the Lot parallel to the road lines and five feet along and parallel to the rear and side lot lines if present. Within these easements, no structure, plantings or other material shall be placed or permitted to remain which may change or interfere with the installation and maintenance of utilities or which may damage, interfere or change the direction of flow of drainage facilities in the easements.
  • Recreational Easements: Recreational easements are shown on the subdivision maps. These easements typically consist of a 10 foot strip of land along the property line. In some cases, this strip of land could be much larger if running adjacent to the rear lot line. Within these easements, no structure of any kind shall be placed, erected, constructed or maintained, and no tree or vegetation shall be felled, cut, trimmed, pruned or removed, except as may reasonably be required by the association to construct and maintain trails and park sites therein and/or for the construction and maintenance of public and private utility easements shown on the subdivision maps.
  • Access Easements: These easements are created so an owner can gain access to a relatively steep lot. An access easement gives someone the right to travel across a designated strip of land owned by another person for ingress and egress purposes. Maps showing all access easements are maintained in the Architectural Standards Office.
  • Slope Easements: These easements were created to protect steep areas from erosion and sliding. No structure, plantings or other materials shall be placed or permitted to remain which may damage or interfere with established slope ratios, create erosion or sliding problems, or may change the direction of drainage channels.

More information can be found on easements and setbacks in Article VI and IX of the TDA governing documents, and pages 10 and 11 of the Architectural Standards Rules, Procedures and Restrictions for Land Use. If you have any questions regarding your building envelope or setback lines in relation a proposed structure or landscaping project on your lot please stop by the Architectural Standards Office for further assistance.

Sheryl Walker
Architectural Standards Manager

September 9, 2014

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