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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.

Easements:

  • 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


Tahoe Donner Giving Fund Looking for Volunteers

At the May 31 Board of Directors meeting, the board authorized the organizing committee for the Tahoe Donner Giving Fund to continue steps needed to establish this charitable giving opportunity for Tahoe Donner members. The committee is looking for additional volunteers to assist in this effort. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Dick Gander at rwgander@yahoo.com. The TD Giving Fund will be set up under the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation so there are no legal fees or additional costs to the Association. No Association money will be used for this fund – only voluntary tax deductible contributions from members directly to the Fund.

June 13, 2014

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No Open Fires



Please no open fires as dangerous fire conditions are expected! For more information about fire danger and what is allowed, please visit our covenants page.

Information on Defensible Space:

Unprecedented weather conditions in Truckee and Tahoe this past winter means we are heading into a summer of dangerous fire conditions. Compounding this is a forecast calling for more extreme weather swings with high winds and lower than normal humidity resulting in drier conditions.

Since 2007, Tahoe Donner has actively pursued improved defensible space through the Defensible Space program implemented by the Forestry Department. If you have any concerns or questions about your defensible space, our friendly forestry staff will be glad to assist. It is important to review your defensible space and maintain your property on an annual basis in preparation for a potential wildfire event. The requirements of our defensible space program mimics a low-intensity wildfire, which helps reduce the risk of a wildfire moving from the ground to the tree canopy.

Even tiny fires can quickly spread into a major problem. Extreme caution should be used when using outdoor fire pits and BBQs this summer! When enjoying these outdoor activities, be sure to have rapid response items in place to extinguish embers, including but not limited to: a water source (a bucket of water if not near a hose or spigot), a rake, and a shovel.

Learn how you can prepare your property for defensible space and reduce potential fire hazards this summer by visiting Tahoe Donner’s forestry pages at tahoedonner.com/forestry and CAL Fire’s website ReadyForWildfire.org. Additionally, it is encouraged that each household review their emergency preparedness and evacuation plan in the event of an actual emergency. A hard copy of this plan is available at our Member Services and Architectural Standards offices. Call our professional Forestry Department at 530-587-9432 with further questions.

May 23, 2014

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2014 Defensible Space Program

Get an early start on work that needs to be completed. Properties in Unit 2 (Lots 1-287) and Unit 8 (Lots 98-608) were inspected in the fall of 2013 for the 2014 defensible space work. Property owners who passed the initial inspection will be notified that their properties are in compliance.

For those properties that need to perform work, correspondence with inspection reports will be mailed out starting in mid-May with re-inspections beginning on July 7, 2014. Forty notices will be mailed per day; each property will have 45 days to complete the work.

Property owners may wish to start work earlier than usual this year due to the lack of snow. Paperwork can be emailed at owner’s request by contacting Dean Litchfield at dlitchfield@tahoedonner.com or by calling 530-587-9465.

April 21, 2014


Tahoe Donner Association Community Foundation

Being a major organization in the area, the Tahoe Donner receives many requests for support ranging from ski or golf day passes for fundraisers to monetary grants. We currently support a number of programs in the community primarily through in-kind contributions such as ski passes, dinner coupons and most notably, training facilities for the middle and high school cross country teams. We do not, however, provide monetary grants to worthy causes as we are a mutual benefit corporation and not a typical for-profit corporation.

The Tahoe Donner Board of Directors is looking into creating the Tahoe Donner Association Community Foundation (TDACF) in order to:

  • Give Tahoe Donner members a simple, single vehicle for supporting the greater Truckee community with fully tax-deductible contributions
  • Pool resources from Tahoe Donner members to increase the impact of grants
  • Obtain branding on grants to recognize Tahoe Donner member’s support for the community

We propose to partner with the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF) to streamline the creation and administration of our new foundation. With a long-term goal of securing discretionary resources from many donors to meet changing community needs, TTCF builds philanthropy in North Tahoe/Truckee through its work with donors, non-profits and communities. Established through the vision of William Hewlett and the commitment of community leaders throughout the region, TTCF serves thousands of people who share a common passion for the Tahoe/Truckee region.

“We are really excited to help Tahoe Donner homeowners amplify their passion for this community through philanthropy,” said TTCF’s Executive Director Stacey Caldwell. “By aligning your individual gifts together as a collective, you will be able to have a greater impact in our region.”

TTCF will provide the framework for establishing the Tahoe Donner Association Community Foundation, will hold and invest contributions, and provide all accounting and government filing. The Tahoe Donner Association Community Foundation would have separate branding and would operate as a self-directed fund where a committee of Tahoe Donner members would review and approve grant requests. This is a win-win situation where our association members will have a large role in directing the funds without the cost of maintaining an independent foundation.

As a partner in this endeavor, TTCF brings more than 15 years of experience in running a foundation. According to Caldwell, TTCF has a proven track record as a community foundation and knows how to help align resources for the greatest needs and visions for our community.

“We would be honored to support the legal, financial and governance aspects of your work,” Caldwell said.

For more information on TTCF, log on to ttcf.net, or for their annual report, see www.ttcf.net/impact/15-year-impact-report/.

In order to move this forward, a number of key decisions need to be made. We will need to draft governing documents to detail how the charitable contributions will be solicited, what type of causes will be supported, guidelines for grant evaluations, and more. The Tahoe Donner board of directors would like to form a committee of interested Tahoe Donner members to consider these factors and draft the governing documents over the next few months. If you would like to join this committee or comment on the concept, please contact us at board@tahoedonner.com.

March 14, 2014

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