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TRPA votes to reconsider three lanes, roundabouts for Kings Beach

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Board voted to reconsider the Kings Beach Commercial Core option that would include three lanes and roundabouts.

Every board member but Jim Galloway voted in favor of the reconsideration Wednesday afternoon after a short discussion and a recap from the Placer County Board of Supervisors on their recent decision.

Board member Steve Merrill explained why he called for a reconsideration.

“Yesterday [Tuesday] we got the vote by the supervisors of Placer County. I think in itself that sort of requires we reconsider this issue. If we don’t then we will go through the presentation of four lanes ” if we vote to approve four lanes and Placer County approved three nothing will happen. To turn this down we basically end up with no project,” Merrill said.

He said he also felt there is additional information about traffic and the grid could affect the board’s decision.

“There are a couple of areas I feel very strongly there will be new information. One is traffic ” the presentation did not provide enough analysis and referred to generic mitigations,” Merrill said. “Secondly the presentation of the parking was very general.”

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Some board members wondered why the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency heard the issue before Placer County.

“Normally we defer to the local jurisdiction,” said John Singlaub, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency executive director. “Supervisor Kranz desired the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency hear it first.”

Other members of the board wanted to skip straight to the vote, passing over discussion.

“It’s more important to get to the other appeals on the agenda than the thing we are going to discuss again in a month,” said Board Member Tim Leslie.

But as discussion unfolded, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency staff told the board to keep their discussion to the vote of reconsideration ” not the merits of the project itself.

“I don’t like it when staff tells me what I can and can’t say. Do it to everybody else just don’t do it to me,” Leslie said.

Larry Sevison sat in for Placer County Supervisor Bruce Kranz because the Placer County Board of Supervisors voted to replace him with somebody who would reflect the opinion of the county in the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency vote.

“We were so strong in our support of the three-lane option that as a temporary measure we removed fifth district supervisor and designated the alternate. This is a temporary measure and will be addressed in another month or two,” said Jim Holmes chairman of the Placer County Board of Supervisors.

With the reconsideration approved, the three lane project will go back to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency board in August or September.