Placer considering Kingswood property for government center
Placer County continues to evaluate the six possible locations for a government center in Tahoe, holding a special meeting Thursday to discuss one site north of Kings Beach.
“We feel we’ve gotten pretty good input on most of the properties but never heard a peep on Kingswood,” said Jennifer Merchant, Placer County’s Tahoe manager.
The Tahoe-based center is an effort to consolidate government services, possibly including the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, for public convenience. Currently, county services are spread throughout the region.
About 1,000 residents in the vicinity of the Kingswood property located off Highway 267 were notified by the county of Thursday’s public meeting. The meeting will provide residents with information regarding the proposed facility, details of the five other properties under consideration, and clarification that no decisions have been made about any of the potential sites.
“Primarily what we are going to do is let the community know what the solicitation is about,” said Mary Dietrich, the assistant director of facility services with Placer County. “It will be an open forum for community members to voice their concerns or support.”
The Kingswood property, owned by the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, has its benefits and restrictions. At 10 acres, it is the only property large enough to exceed development requirements. Additionally, the property could provide connections to the regional trail systems, doesn’t present any terrain or topographical constraints for development, and its location in the Tahoe basin allows for combining offices with the TRPA, Dietrich said.
“I think [the Kingswood property] would present a great opportunity to develop a project that would be in a nice setting,” Dietrich said.
The site’s biggest challenge is land use compatibility. Because the property is located in a neighborhood, traffic and air quality are concerns, and the new facility would be outside of a redevelopment area.
In addition to county staff, school district superintendent Dennis Williams and director of facilities John Britto will attend the meeting to help answer questions about the property.
“We’re just here to hear community concerns,” Williams said. “We want to be available to see if there are questions of the district.”
Placer intends to bring a short list of the properties to the county’s Board of Supervisors April 3 Tahoe meeting, then come back to the community at the following North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council meeting.
Construction of the government building is slated for 2012.