Strong turnout for final Pathway meeting |

Strong turnout for final Pathway meeting

More than 50 North Tahoe residents became community planners for a night on Tuesday, sketching out their ideas for what Tahoe City, Kings Beach and other North Tahoe communities should look like in 20 years.

In the final gathering of three Pathway 2007 meetings, North Tahoe locals asked for more communal and non-motorized transportation, more affordable housing and downtown redevelopment.

Pathway 2007 is a 20-year planning effort by public agencies around the Tahoe Basin.

“To Placer County, your voice being heard is extremely important,” said Jennifer Merchant, the Tahoe manager for the county.

The public meetings are the first phase of three in a process that will lead to code and zoning changes around the lake and revised community plans, said Coleen Shade of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

Those zoning, code and plan changes are meant to carry out the on-the-ground changes that community members are calling for in each public meeting.

“We want to make sure that we have clear direction, clear policies and clear implementation to get to the vision,” Shade said.

Officials wrote down the suggestions from each of the six clusters of residents Tuesday ” like more lighting in Kings Beach, more collaboration between governmental agencies and more access to the lake and a true community center in towns ” and promised those suggestions will be reflected in the final 20-year plans that come out of the process.

“This is the stuff we are going to be building the plan with,” said John Singlaub, executive director of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. “We couldn’t do it without you.”

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