Placer meeting initiates government review phase of improvement project. |

Placer meeting initiates government review phase of improvement project.

Julie Brown
Sierra Sun

Public Works officials presented the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement project to the Placer County Board of Supervisors at their meeting Tuesday at the North Tahoe Community Conference Center, initiating a series of governing agency meetings that will take place in the coming months.

Tuesday’s forum allowed the public to address the board with their questions and concerns, but no action was taken.

Public Works Deputy Director of Public Works Peter Kraatz reviewed the pros and cons of each alternative. Kraatz also presented several potential funding sources that the county hopes to capture in next year’s budgeting, increasing the project’s funds by $17.8 million.

Public comments echoed those heard in past meetings, addressing concerns with parking, traffic, safety, long-term maintenance and the project’s public process. Public sentiment still remains spread between alternatives.

“[The governing agencies] are going to have a difficult decision,” said Paul Vatistas, a Tahoe City resident. “I don’t think the consensus we would like to emerge is going to emerge.”

Placer County Supervisors voiced concern with pedestrian crossings, traffic flow, parking and the public’s adaptation to roundabouts.

While the public continually thanked the board for addressing Kings Beach’s need for revitalization, the board acknowledged the publics polite and professional manner.

“I want to compliment everyone who spoke,” said Placer County Supervisor Bruce Kranz. “This was a very polite group.”

Officials are working to address the numerous comments they received on the environmental document. Public works will release their recommendation on the project in August, after all comments have been addressed.

Government action on Kings Beach’s downtown facelift will occur this Fall when the item is presented to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Placer County, Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration.