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Public meetings set for Tahoe Government Center

Sun Staff Report

PLACER COUNTY ” The Placer County Facilities Services Department will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 17, to solicit comment on additional sites being considered for a county Tahoe Government Center.

During the past several years, the county has investigated a number of sites in and near the Lake Tahoe Basin for consolidation of general government offices located in the Tahoe area.

“We owe it to our taxpayers to investigate these new sites that could provide more cost effective development options,” said Jim Durfee, Facility Services director. “In this current economic climate, we are being presented with some intriguing properties that were not available when we started this process.”

The county is looking for a site that could accommodate a 24,000 square foot facility

to house its Community Development Resources Agency, which includes Planning, Building, Engineering and Surveying, and Environmental Health, the Assessors’ Office, the Department of Public Works Engineering function, the Tahoe Executive Office, Public Information Office, Redevelopment Agency, and other agencies whose co-location would enhance the delivery of public services.

Last March, the County Board of Supervisors identified a proposed development in Kings Beach as the favored site for a government center. However, recognizing the uncertainty of development in the Tahoe Basin and the costs associated with the Kings Beach project, the Board also instructed Facilities Services staff to continue its search for other compatible sites.

Additionally, at the request of District 5 Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery, the North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council will also hear a similar Facility Services’ presentation on these new sites during its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m., at the Tahoe City Public Utility District Board Room, 221 Fairway Dr. in Tahoe City.

The meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 17, will be at the North Tahoe Event Center, 8318 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach, at 6 p.m.

In addition to the public meetings, comments can be submitted prior to the Feb. 17 meeting by mailing them to the Department of Facility Services, 11476 C Ave., CA 95603, by email facpropmgmt@placer.ca.gov, or by facsimile to (530) 889-6857.

Messages can be left at (530) 886-4963. For further background information and updates on this process, go to http://www.placer.ca.gov/TGCSiteSolicitation.

Potential sites

Count staff members have identified three additional sites they are investigating for use as a government center. They are:

– Tahoe Tree Company, 10-plus acres, at the corner of Highway 89 and Granlibakken Drive, in Tahoe City;

– The Highlands Village, 11-plus acres, at Fabian Way and Highway 28 in Dollar Hill; and

– North Tahoe Public Utility District properties at 875 National Blvd. in Tahoe Vista.


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