Placer County seeks public input for new site |

Placer County seeks public input for new site

Placer County is narrowing down possible locations for a new government center on the North Shore and the public will have a shot at helping select a site on Thursday.

The Placer County Government Center at Tahoe is an effort to provide one location for government services, including health and human services and public safety. Currently, county services are spread out across North Tahoe, and even one in Nevada County.

“The goal is to achieve a consolidation of government services for convenience to the public,” said Mary Dietrich, the assistant director of facility services with Placer County.

Additionally, the county currently leases most of the facilities in the Tahoe area, and it may be beneficial to own the property and the building for county stability and direct control, Dietrich said.

At the North Tahoe Regional Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, the public will have the opportunity to share questions or concerns regarding the pros and cons of the six proposed sites for a government center.

The six sites include areas from Squaw Valley through Tahoe City and over to Kings Beach. Each site has its issues and limitations, said Dietrich.

The Schneider properties may pose problems in its involvement with a bankruptcy case. The Kingswood property is in a residential area. The Truckee Tahoe Materials Property may have potential environmental concerns. The Trading Post Center and West River Road Property present coverage issues. And the Squaw Valley east subdivision lot could be considered remote. These limitations, and others, will be addressed at the meeting.

One and a half to 2.5 acres are necessary for sufficient coverage for the building and parking, said Dietrich. Additionally, factors such as cost, infrastructure and convenience are necessary in the consideration of the center’s location.

“I want my government offices in close proximity to the people they have to do business with,” said Terry Dyer, a long time Tahoe City local and part-owner of the Trading Post Center. “Their presence in the community supports the economy of that area.”

Following the community forum, the county will make recommendations to the board of supervisors in efforts to begin negotiation with owners of the favored sites.

“We need to hear from the community as well, and factor in new information,” said Dietrich. “To whittle down which property, if any, represents opporunity for development for this project.”

Placer County hopes to purchase the site location shortly, according Dietrich, but does not plan to begin building until 2012.

The NTRAC meeting is Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. at the North Tahoe Community Conference Center in Kings Beach.

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