Boulder Bay project: Road changes approved
CRYSTAL BAY “-After two appeals, the Washoe County Board of Commissioners approved a road plan for the Crystal Bay roads surrounding the Tahoe Biltmore and former Tahoe Mariner ” the future site of the proposed Boulder Bay project.
At their Wednesday night meeting, four commissioners voted to approve the abandonment of the southernmost 1,060 feet of Wassou Road, the southernmost 113 feet of Lake View Avenue and all of Reservoir Drive. They also approved a slope variance for southern facing Lake View Avenue from 10 percent to 12.5 percent. The fifth commissioner, David Humke, was absent for the vote.
“We’re very pleased with the decision and we thought it was reflective of the support we received from the planning commission and from the other planning agencies and the community as well,” said Boulder Bay Project Manager Brian Helm.
The road redesign provides another exit from the neighborhood to State Route 28 by connecting Wassou Road to the proposed new private driveway with public easement, dubbed Wellness Way. Wellness Way would be a privately maintained street that would be heated for snowmelt.
The abandonment of the roads cannot happen until the new roads are constructed and the snow melt is functional on Wellness Way, the county commissioners said.
Commissioners also required that Wellness Way be 24 feet wide, if a county engineer determines it should be, and that it be privately maintained. However, the mainteance will be the responsibility of the county.
“We are quite happy,” said Ann Nichols, president of the North Tahoe Preservation Alliance, the group that appealed the Planning Commissiones November approval of the road in reference to the commissioners’ ruling that Wellness Way be 24 feet wide and enforced by the county.
However, Nicholls said the group was still dismayed by the slope variance alloted to Lake View Avenue.
“We’re still upset about the Lake View, Stateline connection,” she said. “It’s still inadequate leveling.”
Helm said Boulder Bay is now focused on the Environmental Impact Study due to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, which could come out in the spring. He said the developer plans to hold more community meetings as new information comes from the document.
Nichols said her group is also focusing on the environmental document.
“We are going to focus on the environmental document and scrutinize it and continue to be a watch dog and make sure this is done right,” she said.
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A small amount of snow is now expected to stick when it starts to fall later this week, the National Weather Service said.