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Place-based planning document released

Kara Fox
Sierra Sun

North Shore residents have high hopes for their portion of Lake Tahoe in the future.

According to the recently released final report on place-based planning for Placer County, residents would like to see their neighborhoods have workforce housing, updated tourist accommodations, improve the image of gateway areas, improve transit and that they valued their natural surroundings.

Place-based workshops were held around the basin between March and July as part of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Pathway 2007, which will produce a 20-year regional plan for Lake Tahoe. The workshops are designed to give individual communities a chance to share their vision for the area and to help tailor Pathway 2007 planning to each community’s needs.

Placer County’s four place-based planning workshops, which included one specifically for the Latino community, were well attended and community members from Tahoma to Kings Beach said that they felt Kings Beach had the most opportunity for reinvestment.

“The greatest opportunities were determined to be in upgrading community centers’ infrastructure, improving their image and enhancing social and economic performance,” the report stated.

Solutions discussed included providing incentives for business and property owners, supporting improved transit and making life safer and more comfortable for pedestrians, according to the report.

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Jennifer Merchant, Tahoe manager for Placer County’s executive office, who sat on the Placer planning working group, said she was pleased with the outcome of the workshops.

“I was surprised how engaged the community was. They saw this as an opportunity. We got people excited about the future,” Merchant said. “Placer County took a real leadership role to get place-based planning going. We were the first to sign on with TRPA. We’re prepared to do that again for the next phase. We’ve built up momentum in the community and want to keep that going.”

Julie Regan, chief of communications and community relations for TRPA, said the place-based planning documents will be integrated into the Pathway 2007 Goals and Policies document.

“We’re assembling work and integrating into the Pathway forum and into the working groups,” Regan said. “In place-based work there is a momentum and we want to make sure they are implemented.”

Regan said there are at least two years left before implementing the ideas culled from the place-based process, with an implementation date of 2008.

To view the final place-based planning report for Placer County or the other communities, visit http://www.regionalplanning.com.