Dollar Creek Crossing
Placer County is committed to addressing local workforce housing, one of the biggest challenges in North Lake Tahoe. According to the 2021 “North Tahoe-Truckee Regional Housing Implementation Plan” prepared by the Mountain Housing Council, the total unmet demand for housing in the Tahoe-Truckee region is estimated to be more than 9,500 units. This housing gap spans all income levels, from lower incomes all the way up to the "missing middle" of 245% Average Median Income (AMI), which as of 2022 is defined as income of $175,298 for an individual or a $250,390 for a family of four.
The proposed Dollar Creek Crossing housing project would support the construction of much-needed housing for the local workforce. The project is proposed on the 11.4-acre Nahas property, which was purchased by the County in October 2019 with financial support from the Truckee Tahoe Airport District. This County-owned property is located near schools, transit routes, trails, and other services making it an ideal location for members of the local workforce and their families.
The proposed project is informed by studies and feedback from the community and stakeholders. Since the initial outreach on Dollar Creek Crossing in 2018 and 2020, the County has retained consultants to assess potential aspects of the proposed project. This has included studies looking at financial feasibility, housing demand, transportation in the area, fire risk, and more.
In March 2023, the County submitted a project application to the Placer County Planning Services Division. The initial application proposes up to 110 units of rental housing and for-sale housing targeted to meet regional housing needs. You can access the application here Version OptionsDollar Creek CrossingHeadline. This application is preliminary and the project details will evolve over the coming months as the project teams works with the Planning Services Division, the TRPA, and community stakeholders.
SITE ACTIVITY ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2023
As part of the planning and entitlements phase of the proposed Dollar Creek Crossing project, the County of Placer will be performing soil studies on site on Thursday, September 7.
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Upcoming Public Meetings
There are no project updates scheduled at public meetings at this time. As they are scheduled, information will be posted here.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How does the proposed Dollar Creek Crossing housing project address the region’s current workforce housing needs?
The County, in collaboration with the Mountain Housing Council, tracks constructed affordable housing throughout the Tahoe-Truckee region. Additionally, Mountain Housing Council prepared an updated housing needs assessment in 2021 which identifies the need for housing by household income in the Truckee Tahoe area. As of 2021, the assessment showed there is still a need for more than 5,000 housing units for people making under 80% of AMI and that there is a high a demand for lower income studios and one-bedroom units.
The current project concept includes 110 total housing units, comprised of 80 rental units and 30 for-sale units.
2. How can I tell if I would be eligible to live in Dollar Creek Crossing?
The proposed Dollar Creek Crossing project is intended to house local workers with a range of income levels. The current project proposal includes 110 total housing units, comprised of 80 rental units and 30 for-sale units.
At this time, the County anticipates restricting some of the units across a range of income levels to address housing needs for both low and middle income members of the local workforce. Information regarding the affordability and income requirements for units will be shared with the public when it is available.
3. How much will Dollar Creek Crossing units cost?
For-sale and rental pricing has not been determined at this time. The price and eligibility criteria of the for-sale units will be based on various factors including the project financing, construction cost, and what range(s) of income level a certain unit may be targeting. The goal of this project is to house the local workforce and therefore specific criteria would be structured around that. Information regarding the affordability and income requirements for units will be shared with the public when it is available.
4. What else is the County doing to support local workforce housing?
The County has several programs to support local workforce housing in the Tahoe-Truckee region. The 2022 annual housing program update is available hereFrequently Asked Questions and addresses County efforts to support affordable housing and local workforce housing.
In addition, you can find more information on the County’s housing programs below:
- Lease to Locals Pilot Program
- Workforce Housing Preservation Program
- First Time Homebuyer Assistance Program
5. What is the current status of the proposed Dollar Creek Crossing housing project?
The County submitted a project application to the Placer County Planning Services Division on March 16, 2023. The current project proposes 110 total housing units: 80 rental units and 30 for-sale units. In addition, the proposed project would extend Dollar Drive from North Lake Boulevard to Village Drive, with a 10-foot-wide multi-use trail on the south side of the road. The project proposal includes open space areas, access to the existing Dollar Creek trailhead, and a bus shelter. This application is preliminary and the project details will evolve over the coming months as the project teams works with the Planning Services Division, the TRPA, and community stakeholders.
6. What is the environmental review process for this project?
The Tahoe Basin Area Plan (TBAP) was implemented in early 2017 with the goal of revitalizing town centers and facilitating redevelopment for projects that are consistent with the TBAP. The environmental impacts of the TBAP were analyzed through a comprehensive program-level Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) certified by the Placer County Board of Supervisors and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board. Site specific analysis of the Dollar Creek Crossing project will be conducted through a TBAP Conformity Review process pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (CEQA Guidelines Sections 15162-15164 and 15183) to determine whether the project conforms to the TBAP and its associated environmental analysis.
7. In addition to Placer County, what other community entities or organizations have participated in the process for this project?
Many organizations have attended public meetings and provided input on this project proposal. Notably, in 2019, the Truckee Tahoe Airport District provided $500,000 in funding for this project. The Mountain Housing Council has also participated at various community meetings on this project and continues to look for ways to find more workforce housing opportunities in our region. In addition, on September 7, 2022, the North Tahoe Community Alliance supported the continued funding of this project.
Many other community organizations, agencies, and entities have participated in discussions on this project and the county looks forward to continuing to engage with all stakeholders as the process continues.
8. How can the public participate in this process?
There will continue to be public meetings and opportunities to learn about and provide input on this proposed project. Meetings of the Board of Supervisors and the North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council (NTRAC) are noticed pursuant to the Brown Act and agendas are posted online.. You can also check this website for important updates and sign up for email updates here.Frequently Asked Questions
9. Where can I find past actions by the Board of Supervisors for this Project?
All Board agendas are available on the Board agenda website. Prior actions specific to the proposed Dollar Creek Crossing housing project are linked below:
- July 24, 2018: Staff report regarding Purchase and Sale of the Nahas Property
- January 29, 2019: Staff report regarding the agreement with the Related-Pacific team
- July 28, 2020: Staff report funding consultant studies
- March 30, 2021: Staff report providing an update on the project
- May 11, 2021: Staff report regarding an amendment to the agreement with Related-Pacific
- July 27, 2021: Staff report providing an update on the project
- October 26, 2021: Staff report providing an update on the project
- September 13, 2022: Staff report regarding an amendment to the agreement with Related-Pacific
- October 25, 2022: Staff report regarding North Tahoe/Eastern Placer Priority Projects that includes Dollar Creek Crossing