Working to accelerate solutions to achievable local housing in the North Tahoe-Truckee region.

Partner Highlights

The Mountain Housing Council of Tahoe Truckee (MHC) is a project of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation and brings together 29 diverse partners to accelerate solutions to achievable local housing. The MHC’s goal is to build on the needs identified in the 2016 Truckee North Tahoe Regional Workforce Housing Needs Assessment and tackle the unique and pressing challenges of housing in the North Tahoe-Truckee region, including availability, variety, and affordability.

All Council partners have agreed to and signed the Mountain Housing Council Collaborative Agreement document. Click on the tile icons below to see highlights from each partner.

Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe

January 2020 – Worked with Town of Truckee to remove the language in the development code specifying a 3-acre minimum lot size for an ADU on septic. Continuing our work with Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board and will be expanding to work with the County Health Departments to make their rules clear and defined on this issue so that all jurisdictions can implement consistent rules and the public has a clear understanding of what is allowed.
Working with the Town of Truckee on their proposed new TOT tax that would be earmarked for funding affordable housing.

September 2019 – Working with Town of Truckee to refine their new Housing Element to be more proactive and favorable to the achievable local housing definition.
Continue to work with Truckee Town Council members and an official at Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board on ways to lower barriers to build ADUs on parcels on septic.

April 2019 – Request to Placer County for small project exemption on lieu fees including suggested formula alterations to allow exemptions.
Participating in Truckee General Plan Update to advocate for improvements for affordable housing.
Meeting with special districts to start the process to codify fee deferrals, reductions, and waivers as incentives for locals only housing. The biggest issue: finding a backfill source to replace lost fee revenue.

January 2019 – Advocating at Truckee Town Council to adopt the definition of Achievable Local Housing and expand the existing fee deferral policy to include achievable local housing units, as part of 2019 Housing Element Update.

September 2018 – Working with TRPA Development Rights Working Group to use bonus units as incentives for moderate and achievable local housing up to 195% AMI.
Requested Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District add “achievable housing” to their fee guidelines for waiver, deferral, or reduction of mitigation and Quimby fees.

April 2018 – Recommending new language for consideration by Town of Truckee and Placer County Building Departments for Local Achievable/Affordable Housing building permits to have a two day turnaround time.
CATT’s Local Government Affairs Committee unanimously approved the Achievable Local Housing Definition at its February 12, 2018 meeting.

January 2018 – Has started a dialogue with Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board about their prohibition on second units on parcels smaller than 3 acres (roughly 1000 parcels affected in Truckee).

Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee
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Martis Fund

April 2020 – Provided $1M in funding to the Frishman Hollow II project
Increased funding for the Downpayment Assistance Program from $250k to $500k

January 2020 – The Martis Fund Down Payment Assistance Program (DPAP), managed by SBC, has initiated a third round of funding in the amount of $500,000, for a total of over $1.4 million since 2016. A total of 38 families in our community have been supported with down payment assistance.

September 2019 – The Martis Fund Down Payment Assistance Program (DPAP) has completed its second round of funding for a total of $1.2 million since 2016. A total of 33 families in our community have received DPAP loans! The Martis Fund has allocated an additional $250,000 to the program for 2020.

June 2019 – 7 families have received Down Payment Assistance (DPAP) through the Martis Fund program since fall 2018. There is a balance of $195,800 remaining in the fund. Between the Placer County & SBC administration of the DPAP program since 2016, a total of 26 families have received a total of $1,004,200 program funds.

April 2019 – Developing a strategic plan around its workforce housing fund.
The Down Payment Assistance Program provided five closed loans totaling $219,400 with two loans pending. There remains $245,900 in funds.

January 2019 – The Down Payment Assistance Program has awarded three local families loans for a total of $130,500. Four loans are pending ($500K is available).

September 2018 – Launching Down Payment Assistance Program with Sierra Business Council as the new administrator, Sept 2018.

Mountain Area Preservation

January 2018 – Met with Family Resource Center to discuss preservation of Sunset Inn Mobile Home Park

Nevada County

April 2019 – BOS unanimously adopted an ordinance amending the County’s development code to incentivize the development and long-term residential use of ADUs.

September 2018 – September 25th, BOS Reviewing Planning Commission recommendations for ADU Ordinance changes including: allowing ADU to be rented as STR, removing owner occupancy restrictions, allowing deferral of permit + road/sewer mitigation for smaller and/or low income units, removing 1 acre restriction for detached ADUs, adding specifics re: septic for ADUs.

North Lake Tahoe Resort Association

January 2019 – Working with Placer County to research potential of a TBID to free up existing TOT funding for workforce housing.

September 2018 – Attended Vail, CO, Housing TREK in June 2018.
Served on facilitator team for Nahas Project Community Workshop.
Hosting George Ruther, Town of Vail’s Housing Director, as Keynote Speaker at Chamber Membership Luncheon, Oct 17.
NLTRA Board voted to support use of TOT Fund Balance for acquisition of Nahas Property.

North Lake Public Utility District
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Placer County

April 2020 – Rolling out the workforce housing deed restriction program this summer, with the program going to Board of Supervisors soon
Working with TRPA on the Tahoe Basin Area Plan amendments for ADUs.
Working with the California Tahoe Conservancy, who owns land in North Lake Tahoe that could be used for affordable housing
Improving E-services which are helping with continuity of construction/housing projects. Website now has a chat box, fee estimator, permit support, and more: https://www.placer.ca.gov/2128/Building-Services
Developing a Resource Center for ADUs. Working on rolling out services as they become available, including a web portal and dedicated info book on how to do ADUs that includes pre-approved plans, cost calculators, lender info, etc.
Meadowview Place tax financing was secured and will break ground this summer.
Conducting a feasibility study on the Dollar Creek Crossing project to modify the plans to encourage density and other housing types
Working on the Housing Element update for 2021-2029.
Working on a location for supportive housing.

January 2020 – Adopted new STR ordinance, requiring STRs be permitted, have a local contact to manage the home, and receive a life-safety inspection by local fire officials, among other requirements.
Establishing a private housing trust, Housing Trust Placer, to fund affordable housing projects throughout the County. The fund will allow for donations from a variety of sources.
Launched the 2021-2029 Housing Element Update process. On November 22, 2019 the County contracted with PlaceWorks Inc to assist in the process of updating the Housing Element as required under California state law.
County will soon launch a new web based Secondary Dwelling Resource Center inclusive of calculators to determine cost of construction and return on investment. It will also include inspirational ideas on location and design of second units as well as how to fast track an application, getting to construction sooner.
Meadowview Place (a.k.a Schaffer’s Mill) applied for building permits and anticipate beginning construction of 56 affordable units this year.

September 2019 – Placer County has prepared a Housing Strategy and Development Plan (HSDP). A component of the HSDP is a proposed update to the General Plan, Zoning Ordinance and Community Design Guidelines Manual to provide a better framework for future housing development in the County. An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is being prepared for the Housing Code amendments. Additional mixed use opportunities and increased allowances for a mix of housing types, including cohousing, cluster housing, tiny houses and tiny home communities, are included.
Staff brought forward proposed amendments to the TRPA RPIC in May. The amendments would bring the Tahoe Basin Area Plan more closely into alignment with California Law and TRPA Code while improving the County’s capacity to provide affordable, moderate, and achievable housing options in the Tahoe Basin. Staff aim to bring forward finalized amendments to the TRPA Governing Board and County BOS by late winter/early spring 2020.
BOS approved $500,000 from county general fund to develop a pilot program to accelerate the production of affordable housing. The County is considering expansion of an existing first time home buyer program or potentially creating a new program around assistance in the development of Accessory Dwelling Units.
BOS directed staff to establish a private housing trust fund. The trust would provide a mechanism to secure gap funding for affordable housing projects, accommodate the donation of a variety of public, private and nonprofit sources of funding, acquisition of land, and to administer loans to builders to provide additional affordable housing on sites designated by the County.
BOS approved 2019-2020 Housing Program Work Plan. Its goal is to get 132 affordable units constructed each year over the next 20 years.

June 2019 – In the process of assessing whether to implement a TBID for marketing and possibly other business related services. A vote is expected before the end of the year. If it is successful, it could result in $4 million in TOT being reverted back to Placer County. This funding would be available for infrastructure and transportation needs, including housing.
If the TBID is not successful, it is possible Placer would seek additional TOT to meet these needs. Under either scenario it is likely they will go to voters in primary of general election in 2020 to ask for a permanent extension of the 2% TOT in eastern Placer County.

January 2019 – Nahas Project: Board approved Purchase and Sale of 11.4 acre Dollar Hill property for $3.6M, Placer County in negotiations with developer (Related-Pacific Companies) to build achievable local housing on site.
RFP issued for supportive housing service contract in Tahoe.
A Board of Supervisors Workshop on Housing will be held January 28th in Kings Beach.

April 2019 – BOS approved exclusive rights to negotiate a developer agreement with Related-Pacific Companies for Dollar Point Nahas Property

September 2018 – Nahas Project: 11.4 acre Dollar Hill property in escrow for development for local achievable housing with RFP to developers (a review panel to recommend a developer by end of year).
Housing Work Plan with Housing Strategy and Development Plan: Presenting to Planning Commission on Sept 13 and BOS on Sept 25; includes a menu of housing strategies.
Staff completing a housing finance strategy this coming year focused on funding strategies needed.

January 2018 – Placer County BOS met on January 9 to consider approval MOU with Neighborhood Partners in support of their $16.6 million Cap and Trade Grant to develop the affordable housing component of the Schaeffer’s Mill subdivision

September 2017 – Board of Supervisors approved 2017/2018 work plan on affordable, workforce housing
10/3 Board Agenda Includes Secondary Dwellings

Sierra Business Council

April 2020 – Participating in a state-level technical assistance program to support the advancement of regional housing projects

September 2018 – Hosting a tour of Factory_OS, a prefabricated housing manufacturing company in Vallejo on Friday, Sept 28. Contact Chris Mertens at cmertens@sierrbusiness.org to attend.

Sierra Community House

January 2018 – Ad-Hoc Committee formed to document the number/type of mobile homes that exist in the region and to explore options for supporting this form of affordable housing.
Working with Sunset Inn Mobile Home Park Residents facing displacement due to development

Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows

January 2019 – Secured six master leases resulting in 29 available beds for employees (one more house than last year resulting in five additional beds).
Secured new property in Kings Beach for 40 additional new spots for J-1 student employees for the 18/19 season.

Squaw Valley Public Service District
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Sugar Bowl Resort
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Tahoe City Public Utility District

April 2018 – Board of Directors approved Achievable Local Housing Definition at its March 16, 2018 meeting.

January 2018 – Met with Donald Terry, NeighborWorks Home Ownership Center, to discuss concerns over lack of available housing for full-time and seasonal residents

Tahoe Donner Association

January 2019 – Implemented new short term rental rules to mitigate nuisance issues, effective 1/1/19. Rules can be reviewed at: http://www.tahoedonner.com/members/short-term-rentals/str/
The Master Lease Program is providing housing to 61 winter seasonal employees (J-1’s) in 7 master-leased homes and 1 home owned by the association.

September 2018 – Considering new rules related to STRs: registration, owner real-time contact requirements, compliance/notification to renters, occupancy limits, and parking limits.
Drafting updates to governing documents which may include approving second kitchens in ADUs.

January 2018 – Renting 9 homes and one TDA-owned and renovated home to house 70 International J-1 workers employed by Tahoe Donner.
Working with the MHC to solicit member property homes to participate in a focused MHC survey.

Tahoe Prosperity Center

January 2020 – South Shore agencies and jurisdiction collaboratively funded a Housing Opportunity Assessment and Action Plan for the South Shore, including both CA and NV. Phase I, the Needs Assessment, was completed on schedule (July – November 2019) and shared with the public in December (https://tahoeprosperity.org/housing-study/).
Phase II, the Housing Action Plan, is currently in process and is in public feedback stage. The Action Plan will include a multitude of actionable priorities, spread among various partners and agencies, to increase the availability of suitable housing options. Completion is on track to be finished by March of 2020.
Tahoe Home Connection (TaHoCo) property managers have successfully matched 6 local families (12 people) with vacant second homes this fall and winter. These locals work at Kirkwood, Harrah’s, Montbleu, and other local ski resorts and restaurants. TaHoCo also received a grant to upgrade and automate homeowner and tenant matching services on our website.

September 2019 – South Shore agencies and jurisdictions have collaboratively funded a Housing Opportunity Assessment and Action Plan for the South Shore, which includes both CA and NV. The first component of the Assessment, a housing survey, was completed in August. Results will be shared in the Assessment in October 2019.
The Housing Action Plan will follow the Assessment and will include actionable steps to increase the availability of suitable housing options. Completion expected by the first quarter of 2020.

June 2019 – Coordinating the development of the South Shore Housing Opportunity Assessment and Action Plan. Estimated time for completion is eight months. Expert consultation of this effort is being led by WSW Consulting, Inc.; Rees Consulting, Inc.; Williford, LLC; SMR Development, LLC.

April 2019 – The Housing Tahoe Partnership Policy Workgroup developed a parking policy that allows for flexible parking options for future affordable and full-time resident housing. TPC is working to ensure the policy is adopted by local governments.
The South Tahoe PUD Board changed administrative code to allow for transfer of sewer and water units between parcels to encourage affordable housing projects. They also reduced sewer hook-up fees by reducing rates for affordable and workforce housing projects.

January 2019 – Convened 15 housing workgroup meetings in 7 months (Policy, Outreach, Finance and Development). Successes include: approval of a Parking Reduction Policy, lowering connection fees for affordable and workforce housing by the South Tahoe Public Utility District, completion of 10 case studies and pro-formas on local parcels, mapping of land available for housing in South Lake Tahoe, and development of https://www.tahoehomeconnection.com to unlock seasonal homes for long-term rentals.

September 2018 – The Housing Tahoe Partnership (South Shore version of MHC): facilitated kick-off and 12 workgroup meetings since April. Over 50 people involved in 4 workgroups: Policy, Finance, Development, and Community Outreach.
Policy consideration: eliminate hook up fee for transfer of sewer units from old motels to affordable/workforce housing projects.

April 2018 – Tahoe Workforce Housing (South Lake MHC) Kick-off Meeting is April 16.

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

June 2020 – TRPA Governing Board approved Tahoe Living: Housing and Community Revitalization Working Group, a committee of the Advisory Planning Commission to focus on achieving Regional Plan and state mandated affordable-achievable housing goals over the next year.

April 2020 – Amended the South Shore Area Plan to allow for a 77-unit affordable housing project on Ski Run in South Lake.

January 2020 – Effective January 28, 2020, fees for ADUs that are deed-restricted affordable, moderate, or achievable will be waived.
Local Government and Housing Committee approved 6-month Housing Work Plan to develop TRPA Housing Action Plan. Action Plan includes monthly Governing Board workshops. First workshop is January 22nd on California and Nevada Housing Legislation, including new CA ADU regulations.

June 2019 – Created the Housing Ombudsman role, to assist achievable housing projects as they move through the permitting process and to recommend process improvements.
The TRPA Governing Board re-designated its Local Government Committee as the Local Government and Housing Committee. The role of this committee will be to share information among local jurisdictions on progress on housing initiatives, and to make code update recommendations to the TRPA Governing Board.

September 2018 – Fees: Governing Board to consider a new fee schedule that waives the plan review fee for achievable, moderate, and low income housing projects.
Development Rights Working Group voted to recommend the Governing Board approve the addition of a new “achievable” housing category for incentives based MHC proposed method, and 50% of over 1100 bonus units be made available as an incentive.

September 2017 – 9/27 agenda includes short term rentals and presentation by Host Compliance
9/26 Development Rights Working Group

Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors

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Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation

September 2017 – Produced podcast Tahoe Insider featuring conversation around complexity of regional housing crisis and its effects on community
Produced video on Elevate Tahoe about the local housing crisis.

Tahoe Truckee Workforce Housing Agency

July 2020 – TTWHA kicked off a housing match program in partnership with Landing Locals. The partnership is a pilot program to provide a direct connection to available housing for the employees of our four member agencies.

June 2020 – TTWHA is working with Wendy Sullivan and WSW Consulting on an Employee Housing Needs Assessment. The assessment includes a survey that has been distributed to all member agency employees (nearly 1,800 people) to gauge their housing stability, interest in potential housing programs, housing budgets, and more. Results will be complete by end of Aug.

18 March 2020 – The Truckee Tahoe Workforce Housing Agency was formed in early 2020 to address the increased need for housing for the employees of our four member agencies: Tahoe Forest Hospital District, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, Truckee Tahoe Airport District, and Truckee Donner Public Utility District.

Town of Truckee

April 2020 – Issued a building permit for Coldstream Commons, being developed by Neighborhood Partners. The developer needs additional financing before they can proceed with the project.
Moving forward on the Riverview Corporate Yard, which will include an affordable/workforce housing component
Updated the Town’s housing program webpage
Working with Landing Locals to implement a rental conversion program, focused on unlocking existing housing stock for long-term rental
Implementing the ADU incentives program

January 2020 – Hired Seana Doherty as Housing Program Manager, starting January 13, 2020.
Hired Host Compliance to explore short term rental issues and solutions.
Council directed staff to use $500,000 of the $2 million dollar housing opportunity fund to incentivize ADUs. Other programs that will be explored with the housing opportunity fund are homebuyer’s assistance programs, a deed restriction pilot program, and funding assistance for housing projects that meet Town goals. The details of the ADU incentives will be coming to Council in February.
Facilitated three stakeholder groups for a potential revenue measure for housing. It looks promising to put a 2% increase to the Town’s Transient Occupancy tax on the ballot in November 2020 but details are yet to finalized – this is just a recommendation by this committee and will need to be finalized by Council.
The State has granted the Town SB-2 funding which is anticipated to be used to help analyze and facilitate rezones for housing.
The Town anticipates that the Planning Commission will review Frishman Hollow II, a 68-unit affordable housing project, in February. This is meant for 50-80% of AMI.
Approved application from Pacific West Communities to develop Frishman Hollow II. The project will be built in summer 2020 and took less than a year from concept to construction.

September 2019 – Housing Element was approved by both the Planning Commission and Town Council. Submitted to Housing and Community Development (state) for final review; held two General Plan Advisory Council (GPAC) meetings and joint Placer County and Town of Truckee workshops as part of the process
Completed polling for stable funding source for housing. Transient Occupancy Tax is the preferred solution; polling shows 80% positive approval for such a measure. Moving forward with stakeholder group to develop a plan for a potential 2020 ballot measure.
Gray’s Crossing: Two meetings complete. The process is on pause until site design work can be completed on Parcel D and technical questions can be answered on the Cottage parcel.
Coburn Crossing: Nearing Completion: 132 deed restricted, market-rate apartments, 6 low income workforce units. Opening soon.
Artist Lofts: Under construction: 77-unit Artist Lofts project broke ground in August.
Frishman Hollow II: Application is in, State grant sources are being sought. Town Council agreed on process to convey land to developer.

June 2019 – Submitted a draft Housing Element for 2019 to the State’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for their preliminary 60 day review.
Applying for $160,000 in State HCD funds to support some rezoning considerations on a handful of key parcels that could be viable for workforce/affordable housing.
Received a $250,000 (cap and trade) sustainability grant from the State to do a more in-depth urban design and economic feasibility assessment of key locations along the Donner Pass Road corridor, presumably to provide adequate incentives and zoning options for some mixed use development to enhance the corridor as a compliment to the engineering enhancements now underway – this will feed into the General Plan.
The town is completing its polling on a parcel tax or transient occupancy tax increase/change to fund workforce and affordable housing. Results should be ready in June 2019.
Beginning to develop infrastructure at the Donner Pass Road and I-80 intersection. The first phase includes 25-50 smaller-lot houses, and eventually a 48-unit low income housing project.
Greys Crossing: There are three meetings planned with various stakeholders, including neighbors and developers at Gray’s Crossing, to see if there is an agreement around zoning and housing development on the remaining properties.

April 2019 – Holding General Plan Update and House Truckee First! Workshops
Held a community workshop to update Gray’s Crossing Specific Plan in order to create a pathway to achievable housing
Conducting study to define funding needs for local housing in Truckee
Helped secure a 9% tax credit for the affordable housing project at the Truckee Railyards
An application for a 9% tax credit has been submitted to support improvements to the Truckee Donner Senior Apartments
Housing Coordinator staff position in the draft budget for 2019-20

January 2019 – Construction commenced on 138 locals-only apartments (Coburn Crossing), the Town completed the first House Truckee First Strategy community workshop, approved the revised 90-unit Artist Lofts Affordable Housing Project, and re-zoned the McIver Dairy parcel to allow higher density.
Upcoming: restructuring the Gray’s Crossing Specific Plan, hosting more House Truckee First Workshops and Housing Element update, reviewing the MHC Short-term Rental White Paper, and working on strategy for local funding sources for housing.

September 2018 – Funding sources: Study was conducted by BAE, and Council directed staff to look at a potential parcel tax or increase in transient occupancy tax – ongoing research.
Housing Element Rezone: Rezoning of Upper McIver Dairy to meet Housing Element programs to ensure eligibility for state-funded grants.
General Plan update kick-off: House Truckee First Strategy and Housing Element update will begin.
Coburn Crossing Apartments: Building permits issued for vertical construction in August (138 locals’ deed-restricted rental apartments).

April 2018 – Submitted Achievable Local Housing Recommendation to the Truckee Planning Commission March 27 for inclusion in the 2019 Housing Element Update list of issues for discussion.

Truckee Chamber | Truckee Tomorrow

January 2019 – Truckee Tomorrow Socio-Economic project partnered with MHC to develop data for Short Term Rental White Paper.

Truckee Downtown Merchants Association
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Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association
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Truckee Tahoe Airport District
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