Truckee Cohousing Effort Gains Steam


Interest is growing for a potential cohousing community in Truckee, evident after a well-attended informational meeting on the community-based living model on June 27. Local Alder Creek Elementary School teacher Julia Worster spearheaded the meeting, as part of the local group Truckee Cohousing. Worster previously lived in the Nevada City Cohousing community with her husband and two children before moving back to their adoptive Truckee home.

Cohousing, she said, is for “people who want to be part of a community,” and communities typically have a car-free gathering area for residents, shared resources, and some even share cooking responsibilities. Worster believes that cohousing can offer a solution for working and middle-class families who have been hit by the #TahoeHousingCrisis. On Sept. 13, Truckee Cohousing will host another informational meeting at the Truckee Community Recreation Center, with headline speakers Charles Durret and Katie McCamant, who have designed more than 50 cohousing communities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Info and RSVP: Julia Worster,, (530) 386-3589;

Grants and Loans Available for Homeowners for Infected Tree Removal


Over 102 million conifers and hardwood trees have died since 2010, due to California’s five-year drought and rampant bark beetle infestations throughout the state. Infected trees became so widespread that on October 20, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency. Dollars were allocated to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to help with the removal of affected trees, but grants targeted state and local government infrastructure.

The Tree Mortality Task Force has been made aware of additional grants and loans available for private property owners through their homeowner’s associations, Fire Safe Councils, and national loans and grants. The task force has compiled a list of all available grants for homeowners, available on their website. Info:

Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe Hosts Summer Mixer Series


The Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe (CATT) winds down the summer season with a series of mixers for new, old, and prospective members. Two more mixers, one on Aug. 15 at Mountain Forge and another on Sept. 21 at the office of Interior Design by Julie Johnson-Holland will wrap up the summer series, which also featured events in June and May. Local businesses can sponsor these events by contributing a prize for the raffle or making a donation, and will receive signage and email promotion at and after the event. Info:

$75 Million Estate For Sale on North Shore


A North Shore estate dubbed Crystal Pointe is offered for sale at $75 million by Chase International. The 5.14-acre property borders U.S. Forest Service land, creating a more private setting, and has 525 feet of private lakeshore land. The residence, beach house, guesthouse, and caretaker’s apartment total 16,232 square feet of living space. The estate boasts eight bedrooms, 10.5 bathrooms, two elevators, 13 fireplaces, a 1,687-bottle wine cellar, and a ten-seat theater. Info:

Placer County Simplifies Permitting Process for Commercial Building Interior Projects


Placer County is simplifying and streamlining the process for building owners to receive commercial building interior project permits, now in as little as one day.

Beginning Aug. 1, in both its Auburn and Tahoe City offices, the Building Services division will be offering its B.E.T.T.I.R. program (Building’s Expedited Techniques for Tenant Improvement Review). The program allows customers and their designers to schedule an appointment with the county’s Building Services division to review construction drawings for minor and moderate commercial interior tenant improvements and demolitions.

Some excluded projects include: new buildings or additions, hazardous materials, larger food establishments, projects requiring air quality review, or projects requiring architectural review or historical district commission approvals. Info: (530) 745-3010,