Editorial: Kings Beach, it’s your time | SierraSun.com

Editorial: Kings Beach, it’s your time

The Editorial Board

For Kings Beach to grow into its fullest potential as a community, it must serve pedestrians and#8212; both locals and guests and#8212; far better than it is today. For that reason, we support the idea of redeveloping the town core and three-laning Highway 28 through the town.

Today, Kings Beach is in a state of disrepair with run-down homes, confusing street parking and a lack of connection between the recreation areas, the business storefronts, and the residential core.

Placer County has dedicated $48-plus million to improving core areas through redevelopment process well and#8212; which was tweaked and approved through a rigorous public process. The project, called the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project, will have the last of its environmental impact statements reviewed by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Trustees Wednesday.

If the impact statement is approved, the project will get a green light for construction. We encourage the TRPA board to listen to the years of public comment that crafted the project, and give it the approval it needs.

No town in the Tahoe Basin has all the competitive advantages that Kings Beach has and#8212; a large public beach, public parking, an intersection of two highways, a mile of commercial and retail, a solid local residential community and a quaint Tahoe feel.

We just need to bring all those elements together to create a walkable town, and this redevelopment investment and#8212; including taking away one lane of traffic to help us navigate through town and#8212; is the best solution.