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Volunteers needed for North Tahoe community plan update

Sun staff report

TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; Placer County is looking for volunteers to serve on planning teams being organized to help the county update its long-range community plan for North Lake Tahoe.

According to a press release, four teams with 7 to 9 members each are being established to help the county develop a zoning ordinance and design guidelines for each of four planning areas to be included in the updated community plan:

and#8226; North Tahoe East, which covers Kings Beach and the Stateline community,

and#8226; Greater Tahoe City, which includes Tahoe City, Tahoe City Gateway, Lake Forest and Dollar Hill,

and#8226; North Tahoe West, including Carnelian Bay and Tahoe Vista; and

and#8226; The West Shore, which includes Sunnyside, Homewood and Tahoma.

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and#8220;We are looking for community members with diverse backgrounds and interests to help shape the character of their communities,and#8221; said 5th District Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery in a statement. and#8220;I strongly encourage people to apply, because this is an opportunity that comes along only every 20 years.and#8221;

Generally, the county will give priority in selecting planning team members to applicants who have active Tahoe Basin businesses located in Placer County or are registered to vote, according to the press release, and have their primary residences in Tahoe Basin communities within Placer County.

The county also strongly encourages people who own second homes in the area to apply. Their applications will be considered if openings remain after applications from business owners and year-round residents are reviewed.

Planning team members must be willing to donate a minimum of 8 to 10 hours bi-monthly, according to the county, and only two absences from meetings will be allowed in a six-month period.

To be considered, applications must be received or postmarked by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Placer County currently has nine community plans for the Tahoe Basin. Most are joint planning documents developed about 20 years ago by the county and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, which is in the process of updating its regional plan; all community plans within the Tahoe Basin must be consistent with the regional plan.

Through its update process, Placer County intends to consolidate the nine plans into a single policy document with the four planning areas. Each planning area will have its own distinct zoning ordinance and community-specific design guideline standards.

Application forms are available online to be downloaded or filled out and submitted electronically. The address is: http://www.placer.ca.gov/Departments/CommunityDevelopment/Planning.aspx. Hit the and#8220;Tahoe Planningand#8221; link on the left side of the webpage and then use the and#8220;Tahoe Basin Community Plan Updateand#8221; link when the new webpage appears. Applicants should hit the links for the planning teams in their areas to find the appropriate application forms.

People can mail forms to the Planning Services Division, 3091 County Center Drive, Suite 140, Auburn, CA 95603.