Placer supes OK Tahoe City Lodge, new community plan
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the Tahoe Basin Area Plan and the associated Tahoe City Lodge redevelopment during its meeting at the North Tahoe Events Center in Kings Beach.
The 5-0 vote follows the Placer County Planning Commission’s vote to recommend approval on Nov. 17.
“Not everyone got everything they wanted,” said Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery, who represents the Tahoe-area of Placer County. “But what we did get, and I think this is critically important, is something that is consistent with the TRPA Regional Plan, something that is an improvement over our existing plan, that is better for the lake, better for the economy, and better for the environment and our social fabric.”
Montgomery also said she used to come to Squaw Valley to ski in the 1960s, and that she remembers how busy Tahoe City used to be. She said she wanted to see some of the business that was lost return to that area.
Though several people stood up during the public comment session of the meeting to support the plan and lodge redevelopment, there were several who were opposed. The most common concerns raised were related to the Tahoe City Lodge project, and were centered on its lack of parking.
The issue of housing was also raised in relation to the Tahoe Basin Area Plan.
Supervisor Kirk Uhler said he wanted to make sure the cost to build housing, and what buildings are able to be rented for, are “penciled in” — meaning he wanted to make sure they made economic sense.
“Let’s make sure we do this right,” he said.
Both the area plan and the lodge project still need approval from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Governing Board, because they cover land within the Lake Tahoe Basin.
According to a press release from Placer County, the TRPA board is scheduled to hear the plan at its Jan. 25 and 26 meetings.