Home Depot now, but what later?
December 1, 2005
I recently returned to Summit County after a two-year hiatus to Truckee, Calif. For those of you who don’t know, Truckee is located 12 miles north of Lake Tahoe, and is fairly similar to the lifestyles here in Summit County.Twenty-five years ago, Truckee was a quiet, mountain town. Then, people started retiring and relocating there from the Sacramento Valley, 100 miles west, and the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1991, the town incorporated, and the influx of outsiders continued to grow, doubling the population between 1990 and 2000. They came to escape their urban lifestyle for the comfort of mountain living, but inevitably brought their urban lifestyle with them.These days, Truckee is little more then a Sacramento suburb. Maybe you can see how Truckee compares with the towns here in Summit County.I was thinking of avoiding the controversy surrounding the issue of Home Depot. Then I heard the radio ad from Friends for Frisco’s Future that describes the parcel of land involved as an “eyesore.” I’m one of those people who considers open space, no matter what it looks like, to be better than urban sprawl. If I was sitting on the fence on this issue, the ad would have been the stimulant to make me vote against Home Depot.I’m not telling anybody which way to vote on the issue.What I do have to say is, be careful what you wish for, and look down the road at not just the unseen elements which construction on this piece of land would bring, but which piece of open land developers will look to next after the 9.4 acres are developed. The war will not end with this one battle.