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North Lake Tahoe 20-year community plan up for review

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TAHOE CITY, Calif. ­— A draft environmental impact report/environmental impact statement for the Placer County Tahoe Basin Area Plan and Tahoe City Lodge project was released last week and is available for public comment.

The county's Tahoe Basin Area Plan outlines how Placer County will achieve the environmental restoration goals of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's broader 2012 Lake Tahoe Regional Plan, and it sets land-use regulations for Placer County's jurisdiction within the Lake Tahoe Basin for the next 20 years.

The public comment period will be open until 6 p.m. on Aug. 15.

"Spurring sustainable redevelopment in North Lake Tahoe's town centers of Kings Beach and Tahoe City and enhancing and expanding public transit and active transportation are main strategies outlined in the plan," according to a statement from Placer County. "These strategies are intended to achieve the Lake Tahoe Regional Plan goal of environmental threshold gain — essentially, improving environmental quality in areas like water and air quality, enhancing views of the lake and others — by reducing vehicle trips and reversing blight in the basin that has contributed to a decline in Lake Tahoe's clarity."

According to the county, the Tahoe Basin Area Plan will allow for increased height (up to four stories in certain areas) and density within the town centers of Tahoe City and Kings Beach, "thereby incentivizing investment in compact, walkable communities and limiting sprawl."

The Tahoe City Lodge project would redevelop an existing commercial complex into a 118-unit lodge and would also redevelop the Tahoe City Golf Course clubhouse facility.

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"The lodge project proposal is privately funded and was developed in line with the proposed development standards outlined in the Tahoe Basin Area Plan," according to the county. "The lodge project is undergoing its own environmental analysis and will require separate discretionary land development entitlements.

"If approved, it would be the first such privately funded environmental redevelopment project in North Lake Tahoe in decades."

Locally, the draft EIR/EIS is available for review during normal business hours at the Kings Beach Library, Tahoe City Library, Placer County Community Development Resource Agency offices in Tahoe City, and the TRPA office at 125 Market Street, Stateline).

The document is also available online at bit.ly/28KpGME and trpa.org.

Comments may be addressed to Placer County Community Development Resource Agency, Environmental Coordination Services, 3091 County Center Drive, Suite 190, Auburn, CA 95603; by fax to 530-745-3080; or email at cdraecs@placer.ca.gov.

A first draft of the plan was released for public review and comment in June 2015, along with a notice of preparation for the environmental document.

After the comment deadline, officials will likely take several months before piecing together feedback from public agencies and private residents to formulate and final EIR/EIS, which would then carry out a similar public review process prior to final approval.

How you can comment in person

The following public hearings are designed for residents to offer feedback on the draft plan:

July 13: TRPA Advisory Planning Commission, 9:30 a.m. in the TRPA Board Room in Stateline

July 27: TRPA Regional Plan Implementation Committee, 9:30 a.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach

July 28: Placer County Planning Commission, 10 a.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center, Kings Beach

Aug. 11: North Tahoe Regional Municipal Advisory Council, 6 p.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center, Kings Beach