Some opposition cooling on Homewood project |

Some opposition cooling on Homewood project

Kara Fox/Sierra SunA unit of the Villas at Harborside in Homewood is shown through the trees on Highway 89. The owner of the land, Nate Topol, has proposed to continue the development with nine units on three adjoining lakefront lots. Nearly 100 Homewood residents attended a workshop hosted by Topol Saturday morning to hear about the project. The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board will vote on the project at its meeting Sept. 27.

Some neighbors of a proposed housing development in Homewood changed their opposition to the project after meetings last week hosted by the owner. Other neighbors, however, stood by their opposition.

Nearly 100 Homewood residents turned out to attend the Saturday morning meeting hosted by Nate Topol, who owns the land and the adjacent West Shore Cafe. Topol wants to build nine three-bedroom homes on three adjoining lakefront lots across the street from Homewood Mountain Resort. Two lots on either side of the proposed project already have homes on them.

Neighbors of the project cited concerns of parking, blocked views of the lake and public access to the beach.

“What I am concerned about is it represents excessive density,” one neighbor said to Topol during the meeting about the project.

Much of the conversation Saturday focused on boat owners parking their boat trailers in front of homes and taking up parking spaces. Many of the residents are concerned that more units would translate into more boat trailers since Topol will dedicate one buoy per unit for the owner’s use.

Topol maintains that employees of his marina, the Homewood High and Dry Marina, located next to the West Shore Cafe, do not park boat trailers on the street.

He said it is the marina’s policy to store trailers on site or in a storage unit in Reno. Topol added that he had a parking study completed in 2002 that proved that his marina does not park trailers on the street, although residents at the meeting disputed the findings.

“I’m not saying that there aren’t trailers on the street,” Topol told the crowd. “I’m saying that we don’t park trailers on the street.”

David Antonucci, The Villas At Harborside project manager, gave an overview of the project and noted that Topol will provide an easement so the public has access to the beach.

He also noted that the project will provide eight spaces per lot with tandem parking, although Placer County requires only one space per unit. Antonucci said “not any owner can park” in the tandem space as parking spaces will be assigned to individual owners.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is scheduled to hear the project Sept. 27 at the Conference Center in Kings Beach.

The proposed 1,800-square-foot homes would be fractional ownership, with four people sharing the ownership of the house. Each owner would have use of the unit for 13 weeks out of the year.

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