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Finding the way around North Tahoe

Joanna Hartman
Sierra Sun

Installing signs directing visitors and locals alike to recreation facilities, public services and points of interest in North Tahoe is a high priority ” for more than a decade.

“[It’s been] an ongoing need since the original [North Lake Tahoe Tourism Development] master plan,” said Ron Treabess, director of community partnerships and planning with the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association.

Placing consistent and clear signs ” wayfinding signage ” throughout North Tahoe was identified as a high priority project in the 1995 master plan for the region.

The resort association board met Tuesday and agreed to recommend that the Placer County Board of Supervisors approve $12,255 for a Kings Beach engineering firm to begin the North Tahoe Regional Wayfinding Signage Program.

A guideline document will identify policies such as sign design criteria, content criteria and permitting procedures. It will serve as a resource for agencies from Placer County to business associations to California State Parks in an effort to provide clear, consistent visitor information.

A consultant for the project will be selected in early 2007, said Treabess, and the guideline manual should be available by the end of next summer.

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Additionally, it is possible that other jurisdictions in the Lake Tahoe Basin will pick up on the guidelines, Treabess said.

$75,000 has already been set aside for wayfinding signage in this year’s infrastructure budget. And the initial part of the project, the request for proposal, will not exceed the approved $12,255.

In 1999, the resort association allocated money for Squaw Valley to develop its own master plan, which also called for wayfinding signs. The project has been underway for a number of years, said Treabess, and is in the permitting phase.