118-room Tahoe City Lodge development project nears next stages
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The Lake Tahoe Basin isn’t exactly the easiest place to be a developer, since it includes several different local governments as well as many environmental and conservation groups, each fighting for a seat at the land-use and planning table.
But not every developer faces an uphill battle, necessarily.
The 60-day comment period for the Tahoe City Lodge development, which is part of the Tahoe Basin Area Plan, recently ended, and the project is expected to go before the Placer County Planning Commission on Nov. 17 — and unlike some of the other proposals the commission has heard recently, this one has some strong support.
The League to Save Lake Tahoe recently endorsed the project, according to a press release issued by the organization on Oct. 23.
“Other projects should be using this model to design their projects to ensure that there’s environmental benefit to the lake,” League to Save Lake Tahoe Executive Director Darcie Goodman Collins said in a follow-up interview.
Because the project planned for the site of the Henrikson Building off Highway 28 in downtown Tahoe City is located within the Tahoe Basin, the 118-room lodge also requires approval of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency governing board. The final decision on the associated Tahoe Basin Area plan is expected at TPRA’s Jan. 25 meeting.
Goodman Collins said one of the reasons the League is supporting the project is because the developer, Kila Tahoe, was open to suggestions.
“They were very open to hearing suggestions and coming up with solutions together,” she said. “The collaborative process that we went through opened a good dialogue to make sure we’re reaching environmental goals.”
Some of those environmental goals include finding ways to limit the number of vehicle miles traveled, which is accomplished by offering bus passes to employees and ensuring the project is within walking distance to other amenities.
“Because it’s located in the town centers, it’s located in an area with walkable amenities,” Goodman Collins said.
She added that the developer’s interest in encouraging the use of bikes instead of motor vehicles is another reason the League decided to support the project.
In an earlier article, the Sun reported the lodge would have a $43.4 million positive impact to the community and an $8.6 million annual impact in the form of jobs and taxes once it’s up and running, according to a research firm hired by the developer.
The lodge will also include a conference space to be shared by both the hotel and the community. The conference space, if the project is approved, would be operated through a public-private partnership between the developer and the Tahoe City Public Utility District.
The final environmental impact report and area plan is expected in early November, according to county documents, and the Placer County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to hear the final proposal at its Dec. 6 meeting.