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Courtesy illustration/Sierra SunAn architectural rendering portrays the affordable housing units proposed for the Sandy Beach project in Tahoe Vista. The developers proposed building 10 affordable units and 45 tourist-accommodation units.
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The draft environmental document for the proposed Sandy Beach redevelopment project in Tahoe Vista is now available for public review and comment.

Tahoe Vista Partners, LLC is proposing to build 45 tourist-accommodation units and 10 affordable or employee housing units on a 6.25-acre lot just off the main highway in the heart of Tahoe Vista.

The property is currently the site of the Sandy Beach Campground.



The 45-day public comment period opened last week on Jan. 9, and all comments must be submitted to Placer County or the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency in writing before 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22.

Two public hearings regarding the draft environmental document will be held before the Tahoe planning agency’s Advisory Planning Commission on Feb. 13 and before the Placer County Planning Commission on Feb. 14.



The developers spent months ironing out the kinks in the draft document before releasing it to the public, said Stacy Wydra, Placer County planner, so it presented “the best development for that site.”

“Working out potential significant impacts: That’s what it boiled down to, Wydra said.”

Property owner and developer Joe Lanza said he felt confident about the document being released to the public.

“It addresses all kinds of things the average person, like you and I, wouldn’t even think about,” Lanza said.

The draft report analyzes the proposed project as well as three alternatives, which include models with reduced units, more recreation elements and a no-project alternative.

All of the development will be built on the highway’s mountain side. The property owners sold the lakeside portion of the parcel to the California Tahoe Conservancy in 1992 so it would remain publicly accessible “forever,” Lanza said.

While the draft document extensively analyzes the project’s impact on soils, land use, cultural resources, public utilities, traffic and noise, among other thresholds, Lanza said the chapter on cumulative impacts will likely hold the most interest for the public.

The Sandy Beach development would join several other projects proposed for Tahoe Vista, including the North Tahoe Marina Expansion, the Vista Village affordable housing and the Tahoe Sands complex.

Since the Sandy Beach parcel had a prior use, the cumulative impacts of the proposed redevelopment are all negligible or almost negligible, Lanza said.

The draft environmental document, which satisfies both the county’s and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s requirements, is available at each agency’s Web site.

Hard copies can be found at the Placer County offices in Tahoe and Auburn, the bistate planning agency’s offices at Stateline, Nev., and in Tahoe City, as well as at both the Kings Beach and Tahoe City libraries.


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