Boulder Bay developer, critics face off

Annie Flanzraich
Sierra Sun

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. “The players were the same, the lines were similar, but the stage had changed.

At Tuesday’s Republican Women’s Club Luncheon, proponents and critics of the proposed Boulder Bay development discussed the pros and cons of the project.

Instead of debating in front of a county commission or other government agency with the restrictions of time and relevancy, Boulder Bay Project Manager Brian Helm and North Tahoe Preservation Alliance President Ann Nichols spoke in front of about 30 people enjoying dessert with their debate.

Their presentations covered a range of topics: from the size of the project to its density to how it would affect the near-by neighborhoods.

Nichols’ presentation focused on concerns with excess height, density, scale and misuse of Tourist Accommodation Units.

“It’s all going to be good once it’s done, but the concern is how big is it going to be and what is it going to do to our traffic?” she asked.

Next, Helm and Tahoe Biltmore Gaming Licensee Heather Bacon (who is also the daughter of Boulder Bay CEO Roger Wittenberg) presented the positive affects the project could have on the area’s environment and economy.

“This is not about just a new hotel, this isn’t about how to make a casino property work at the lake, this is about applying creative and innovative ideas,” Helm said.

He also said that 30 substantial changes are being proposed to the project including its size, height and architecture.

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