Draft Environmental Review Released for Placer Area Plan

Stateline, Nevada – Placer County and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) have released a draft environmental impact report for the Placer County Tahoe Basin Area Plan and the Tahoe City Lodge Project. Public comments on the draft will be accepted until 5 p.m. August 15 and multiple public hearings are scheduled for the public to comment.

The Placer County Tahoe Basin Area Plan would cover all of the county in the Tahoe Basin, approximately 71.2 square miles, including the communities of California North Stateline, Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista, Carnelian Bay, Dollar Point, Tahoe City, Sunnyside, Homewood, and Tahoma. The Tahoe City Lodge Project is included in the draft environmental report and is located at 255 and 265 North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City, including portions of the Tahoe City Golf Course.

The proposed area plan is a Placer County-initiated update to its land use regulations in the Tahoe Basin. It would update the existing community plans, general plans, plan area statements, maps, and regulations and is being developed to implement the TRPA Regional Plan. Proposed amendments are primarily focused within TRPA-designated town centers in Tahoe City and Kings Beach. The proposed area plan contemplates one near-term redevelopment project, the Tahoe City Lodge, and one environmental redevelopment concept, the Kings Beach Center, both identified as opportunities to incentivize and facilitate redevelopment. The Kings Beach Center is a conceptual mixed-use redevelopment design on property owned by Placer County.

The proposed Tahoe City Lodge Project would redevelop an existing commercial complex into a 118-unit lodge with a mix of hotel rooms and one- and two-bedroom suites, hotel amenities, and parking, as well as redevelopment of the existing clubhouse building and new shared-use parking at the Tahoe City Golf Course.

Several public meetings and hearings will be held during the public review period to receive comments on the draft environmental impact report. These include:

  • July 13, 2016 – TRPA Advisory Planning Commission (APC), Board Room, 128 Market Street, Stateline, Nevada. Meeting begins at 9:30 a.m.
  • July 27, 2016 – TRPA Regional Plan Implementation Committee (RPIC), North Tahoe Event Center, 8318 N. Lake Boulevard, Kings Beach, California. Meeting begins at 9:30 a.m.
  • July 27, 2016 – TRPA Governing Board, North Tahoe Event Center, 8318 N. Lake Boulevard, Kings Beach, California. Meeting begins at 9:30 a.m.
  • July 28, 2016 – Placer County Planning Commission, North Tahoe Event Center, 8318 N. Lake Boulevard, Kings Beach, California. Meeting begins at 10 a.m.
  • August 11, 2016 – Placer County North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council, North Lake Tahoe Event Center, 8318 N. Lake Boulevard, Kings Beach, California.  Meeting begins at 6 p.m.

The TRPA APC, RPIC, and Governing Board meetings will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the Placer County Planning Commission meeting will begin at 10 a.m.; however, the proposed project is not time certain for any of these meetings. Please refer to the meeting agendas at the following links up to one week prior to the meetings for updated information: www.trpa.org/calendar/ and www.placer.ca.gov/departments/communitydevelopment/planning/pchearings.

The environmental impact report is available for review during normal business hours at the Kings Beach Library (301 Secline Street, Kings Beach, CA), the Tahoe City Library (740 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA), the Placer County Community Development Resource Agency offices in Tahoe City (775 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA) and in Auburn (3091 County Center Drive, Auburn, CA), and the TRPA office (128 Market Street, Stateline, NV). It is also available online at http://www.placer.ca.gov/departments%20/communitydevelopment/envcoordsvcs/eir/tahoebasinap and http://www.trpa.org/document/projects-plans/.

Send comments to Placer County Community Development Resource Agency, Environmental Coordination Services, 3091 County Center Drive, Suite 190, Auburn, CA 95603; or fax (530)745-3080; or email cdraecs@placer.ca.gov no later than 5 p.m. August 15, 2016. For more information on the project, please contact the project planner, Crystal Jacobsen, at (530) 745-3085.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency leads the cooperative effort to preserve, restore, and enhance the unique natural and human environment of the Lake Tahoe Region, while improving local communities, and people’s interactions with our irreplaceable environment. For additional information, contact Tom Lotshaw, Public Information Officer, at 775-589-5278.

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