Placer County evaluates government center options |

Placer County evaluates government center options

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Placer County is still waiting for more information before paring down six properties for a Tahoe government center.

“We’re going to continue our due diligence on the properties,” said Mary Dietrich, assistant director of facility services with Placer County.

The county will finish the studies by the end of January and have a short list of the properties for the community by March, according to Dietrich. Placer hopes to purchase the site shortly, but does not plan to begin building until 2012, Dietrich said in an earlier interview with the Sierra Sun.

The Tahoe-based government center is an effort to consolidate government services for public convenience. Currently, county services are spread throughout the region.

Additionally, the county leases most of its facilities in the Tahoe area. Owning the property could be beneficial for county stability and direct control, Dietrich said in a previous interview.

The six sites include properties from Squaw Valley through Tahoe City to Kings Beach.

The property owners must provide more data, including environmental information and lease copies, before the county can conclude its studies on the current proposed sites.

The county is also reviewing the property costs, Dietrich said.

Placer won’t appraise a property unless it makes the short list, she said.

No new problems have been discovered since the public information session at the North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council meeting in September, according to Dietrich.

One of the biggest issues with all the properties in the Basin is coverage. Coverage numbers set the percentage of a property that can be covered with a building and driveways.

The county continues to investigate coverage limitations, dependent on land features such as soil types, in effort to find the most suitable property for development of the government center, Dietrich said.

The county requested a minimum of 2.2 acres for the government center parcel. Additional factors such as cost, infrastructure and location are at the forefront of considering the center’s site.

The public requested at September’s meeting that the county create empirical criteria for the costs and benefits of each location. Dietrich said Placer is considering how to do this.

“It’s probably premature to talk about what [the government center] will entail for various agencies,” said Robert Miller, spokeman for Placer County.

In an effort to bring more services together for the convenience of residents, the county would also like to include space for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, according to Miller.

“How it actually shakes out is yet to be determined,” Miller said.

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