Developers to hold forum on Crystal Bay project
Developers of the Crystal Bay area surrounding the Tahoe Biltmore are discussing their plans with the community Tuesday, before the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board accepts public comments on this and other Community Enhancement Program (CEP) projects on Wednesday.
The developers’ forum is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Tahoe Biltmore’s Nevada Room and will include introduction of the Boulder Bay development team, updates on existing conditions and proposed developments, environmental and economic benefits, preliminary site plans and project goals. A question and answer session will follow the meeting.
The TRPA Governing Board meeting is at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the North Tahoe Community Conference Center in Kings Beach.
The Boulder Bay project is one of several that are vying for TRPA’s blessings to proceed as part of the Pathways 20-year regional plan. Projects chosen for the Community Enhancement Program are expected to generate a net benefit for the environment, but also obtain incentives for developers, according to TRPA information. Under the CEP about 180,000 square feet of available commercial floor area, 172 tourist accommodation bonus units and about 850 multi-residential bonus units are available for projects that are selected.
There are seven proposed projects on the North Shore, including Boulder Bay, five in Kings Beach and one in Homewood. The TRPA Governing Board is expected to consider which proposals should be designated CEP projects at its meeting Jan. 23, 2008 at the North Tahoe Community Conference Center. The governing board will deliberate on public comments, the recommendations of agency staff, and the merits of the proposals to determine which concepts move forward and are assigned commodities.
Boulder Bay, LLC purchased the Tahoe Biltmore and the adjacent Tahoe Mariner property in July 2006 with the intent to rejuvenate Nevada’s storied north state line region with upscale hotel accommodations and services, quality retail and dining, a health and wellness center, residential ownership, and gaming.
The developers intend on creating a mountain village that meets the needs of the local community, upgrades the visual look of the area and combines sustainable and mixed use design with pedestrian access, multimodal transportation and links to the outdoors – “all while refocusing the economic footprint toward a celebration of the outdoors and the lake,” a press release said.
Environmental features will include Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), improved water quality measures, enhanced scenic quality and underground and structured parking to reduce the need for paved roads while maximizing natural, permeable surfaces for restoring groundwater from rain and snow.
The Boulder Bay development team is led by International Supply Consortium and its founder, Roger Wittenberg, of Incline Village. Wittenberg has developed several environmental technologies including Trex® decking, COZA® natural fiber cellulose insulation and SO2 Solutions commercial and industrial water treatment. This commitment to environmental sustainability has carried over into previous development projects and serves as a foundation upon which the Boulder Bay project vision was conceived. Wittenberg’s company is combined with the financial and gaming expertise of partner Shoreline Tahoe, LLC and the depth of design and building experience brought by Design Workshop, Hornberger Worstell, and Feldman Shaw, LLP.
Those wanting to attend the Tuesday forum are encouraged to RSVP by calling (775) 588-2412 by 5 p.m. Monday.
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