The map of the proposed Dollar Creek Crossing in Tahoe City shows a large yellow section called “affordable” housing. What is the income range that these units will be targeting? Are they actually affordable? Are they market rate?

The Dollar Creek Development aims to provide housing for families with a wide range of incomes, including rental and home ownership opportunities. The rents will, in large part, be driven by the requirements of a variety of funding sources but will likely serve individuals and families with incomes ranging from 30% of Placer County area median income (AMI) to 100% AMI. Based on 2018 incomes this is roughly $21,000 to $72,000 annually for a family of three. Depending on funding constraints, additional market-rate units may be added serving up to 120% of AMI, about $86,000 per year. The for-sale homes are in the preliminary design stage, but the goal is to create achievable housing for the community’s workforce.

~ Meea Kang, Related California (developer)


NAHAS: The Dollar Creek Crossing developers are proposing a total of 206 units, including 192 apartments of various sizes and 14 single-family homes, for this Tahoe City property. Photo by Wade Snider/ Moonshine Ink

I keep seeing the development company Dinsmore Sierra popping up in local developments all of a sudden, such as the Nahas project (aka Dollar Creek Crossing) and a project near Emerald Bay. I remember the name from over a decade back and wonder why the company has reemerged and how it hopes to address affordable housing locally?

Darin Dinsmore is originally from Ontario, Canada and came to the Sierra to be the planning director for the Sierra Business Council in 1999, where he led the Planning for Prosperity Program. He is an urban planner and landscape architect with over 25 years of experience in community-based planning and design. In 2004, he created Dinsmore Sierra LLC to help build sustainable communities in the Sierra and created the Truckee Railyard Partnership to revitalize downtown Truckee. In 2010, Dinsmore launched an online public engagement system called crowdbrite.net and has engaged more than 1 million members of the public to help design and plan the future of their area. In working in more than 150 regions we realized that affordable housing was critical to the future of resort towns. We also launched a national land use planning tool for smart infill development, infillscore.com, which has been used by more than 200 communities.

In the last five years, we have focused on creating “affordable by design housing” with recent projects in Sedona, Arizona and Yosemite (in progress) and now projects in the works in both the North Shore and South Shore of Lake Tahoe.

~ Darin Dinsmore, managing partner, Dinsmore Sierra


I heard the fishing regulations around the Truckee are going to be modified. What big changes can we expect on how we are allowed to fish our local rivers and creeks?

“As part of its statewide Trout Management Plan, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is proposing to simplify angling regulations for all inland waters to make them easier to understand, and to better align regulations with management objectives on each water,” according to the CDFW website. The department took public comment on proposed changes until May 3.

At the recent public comment meeting in Truckee, CDFW presented its proposal to a large number of local anglers. Many of these anglers came to the meeting to express support for more conservative harvest and gear-related regulations. Angling regulations for many of the waters around Truckee and Tahoe would remain unchanged if the proposed slate of simplified rules is adopted by the California Fish and Game Commission. Yet changes proposed for a few locations in the Tahoe area, such as the Truckee River from Prosser Creek to Stateline, and the East Carson River on the south side, have generated significant concern among local anglers. This concern has focused largely on the potential impacts to wild (self-sustaining) trout fisheries and potential loss of opportunity to practice catch-and-release fishing.

As California’s freshwater fishing opportunities are under increasing pressure from factors such as habitat loss, drought, and climate change, TU’s position is that CDFW should proceed with the regulation simplification effort conservatively, with much greater emphasis on ensuring that more liberal regulations do not degrade designated Wild and Heritage Trout waters and fisheries that presently have gear restrictions and zero-harvest policies. CDFW has stated that it expects to make revisions to its proposed slate of simplified regulations based on public feedback, before submitting its final proposal to the Fish and Game Commission.

A side-by-side comparison of regulations can be found online at: redwoodempire-tu.org/cdfw-inland-trout-regulation-changes.

~ Sam Sedillo, public lands coordinator, Trout Unlimited