Solar Panel Information

We would like to remind all Tahoe Donner homeowners who are looking into adding solar panels about the rules.  The solar panels we are seeing come in two forms, laying flat against the roof or siding and solar panels placed on high mounted steel racking systems and metal pans. If the solar panels you are looking to purchase have the high mounted racking system, please remember that the racking steel/metal system must be painted to match the adjacent material (roof or siding) along with any conduit added. No shiny metal is allowed.

A Neighbor Notification conducted by our office is required prior to review & approval. Also, you must have a permit through our office to add solar panels, which can be done over the counter Monday through Friday. The applications will be reviewed by one member of the Architectural Standards Committee every Wednesday. This type of permit is only good for 6 months. You can view the Solar Panels Change to Existing Structure Application for more information.

May 16, 2012


Detailed Asphalt Schedule May 6 - 10

2012 Asphalt Improvements

The annual parking area sweeping and striping is scheduled for May 6 – 10 at the Northwoods Clubhouse, Trout Creek Recreation Center and The Lodge Restaurant & Pub and Golf Course parking lots.

The scheduled parking lot area maintenance work will be performed in phases to accommodate parking availability in each parking lot; however, initial parking will be limited due to the maintenance work. Directional cones will direct traffic towards access and egress routes and towards available parking. Corridors will be marked and available to provide access to sidewalks and entryways. Asphalt maintenance work will be completed as quickly as possible with additional parking opening throughout each day.

Detailed Schedule of 2012 Asphalt Improvements:

Sunday, May 6
Northwoods Clubhouse and Trout Creek Recreation Center

Evening: set-up cones to direct traffic and parking to center parking spaces at Northwoods and set–up cones in 1/3 of Trout Creek parking area.

Monday, May 7
Northwoods Clubhouse and Trout Creek Recreation Center

7 a.m. – Northwoods Clubhouse: sweep and clean parking area of pebbles and debris

7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Northwoods Clubhouse: begin striping on handicapped and outer perimeter parking spaces

1 – 4 p.m. – Trout Creek Recreation Center: sweep and clean parking area. Striping.

Tuesday, May 8
Northwoods Clubhouse and Trout Creek Recreation Center

6:30 a.m. – Northwoods Clubhouse: re-set directional cones to direct toward perimeter parking spaces and access/egress routes at Clubhouse.  Re-set to adjacent 1/3 of Trout Creek parking.

7 – 11 a.m. – Northwoods Clubhouse: sweep and clean center parking spaces and stripe.

12 – 4 p.m. – Trout Creek Recreation Center: sweep and clean parking coned area and stripe.

Wednesday, May 9
Trout Creek Recreation Center and The Lodge Restaurant & Pub

6:30 a.m. – Trout Creek Recreation Center: re-set cones and signage to adjacent 1/3 of Trout Creek parking. Set directional cones at The Lodge.

7 a.m. – Trout Creek Recreation Center: sweep and stripe final 1/3 of Trout Creek Parking

1 – 4 p.m. – The Lodge Restaurant & Pub: sweep and stripe Lodge and Golf parking 50 percent

Thursday, May 10
The Lodge Restaurant & Pub

6:30 a.m. – The Lodge: re-set to adjacent 50 percent of parking area

7 a.m. – Completion: sweep and stripe reaming parking area

We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience.

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May 2, 2012

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Truckee Explores Trail to Link Tahoe Donner with Downtown

Because of its higher elevation and snowfall levels, Tahoe Donner’s road maintenance needs are more significant than other parts of Truckee. To meet that need, Tahoe Donner homeowners pay an additional assessment (tax) – typically used for accelerating the town’s slurry sealing and asphalt overlay schedules for the subdivision.

It’s called the Truckee Special Service Area 1, a.k.a. “TSSA 1,” and the fund has an approximate fund balance of $5.2 million, accumulating at a rate of $589,000 per year. Aside from roadway maintenance activities, TSSA 1 funds may be used for trails and improved roadside parking in the town right-of-way which directly benefits the Tahoe Donner community (i.e., TSSA 1 service area).

Each year, the Truckee Town Council reviews the town’s pavement management program along with any eligible projects that directly benefit the TSSA 1 service area. In recent years, the Tahoe Donner staff and board of directors have reviewed these plans and requested the town designate TSSA 1 funds for additional projects that would benefit Tahoe Donner in addition to the regular roadway maintenance activities. Recently these funds were used to improve the on-street parking area at the Tahoe Donner Cross Country Center along with completing a class 1 trail design from Tahoe Donner to downtown Truckee.

As the town and Tahoe Donner both look to encourage non-motorized transportation, a proposed trail has been explored that would run from the Northwoods Boulevard entrance to Tahoe Donner (by the power lines and monument sign) to Bridge Street downtown. The paved trail, known as Trail 13, would be for multiple uses like hiking and biking but not for motorized vehicles.

The estimated length of the trail is just over one mile. Per the Town of Truckee’s Trails and Bikeways Master Plan, Trail 13 is proposed as a Class 1 path and its design standards are as follows: separated from a roadway with a minimum ten foot wide hard surface path. The trail may or may not include a separate soft surface trail running parallel to the hard surface path.

Following the Tahoe Donner Board of Directors recommendation, the town council approved the use of TSSA 1 funds for an environmental impact study. The study, completed last summer, determined that the trail could be built with minimal impact to the area in question. Initial design parameters are now being developed.

Now the town is considering whether to use TSSA 1 funds for construction of the trail. At its March and April board meetings, the Tahoe Donner Board of Directors discussed the issue and made a recommendation to the town to program TSSA 1 funds to construct the first phase (one quarter mile) of Trail 13 from Northwoods Boulevard to Euer Valley Road South. Additionally, the town is reviewing their five year pavement management plan, which may impact the available town funds which are augmented by TSSA 1 funds to provide for the accelerated road maintenance in Tahoe Donner. Potential shortfalls in town budgeting may impact the frequency of slurry sealing and road overlays in Tahoe Donner; however, the town staff does not believe modifications to the funding or current road maintenance levels will impact the proposed trail project.

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April 18, 2012

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Member Feedback Sought

Tahoe Donner’s board of directors, General Plan Committee and staff are seeking input from homeowners regarding two draft plans. The Euer Valley Operating Plan (pdf) proposes appropriate uses and guidelines for the newly-purchased property. The Cross Country & Equestrian Center Conceptual Facility and Activity Plan (pdf) outlines new facilities and activities for the year-round amenity space on Alder Creek Road, adjacent to the Euer Valley. Town hall meetings to hear member feedback are being held at the same times and locations, since there is some overlap on the issues to be discussed. The meetings are to be held at The Lodge Restaurant & Pub:

  • March 13, 5-7 p.m.
  • March 17, 3-5 p.m.

The first hour of each meeting will focus on the Euer Valley and the second hour will focus on the conceptual facility and activity plan. For more information on these capital projects, visit the Euer Valley project page and the Cross Country & Equestrian Center Facility project page.

March 9, 2012

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Euer Valley Ribbon Cutting



Please join Tahoe Donner in celebrating the official purchase of the Euer Valley on Wednesday, March 7, at 1pm at the cross country ski center, 15275 Alder Creek Road, Truckee, CA 96162.

Staff, board members and special guests will speak briefly of the importance of this purchase followed by a ribbon cutting. Light refreshments will be served.

We hope you can celebrate with us!

More information on the Euer Valley purchase.

March 5, 2012

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