What do Tahoe residents want? | SierraSun.com

What do Tahoe residents want?

Julie Brown
Sierra Sun

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency wanted to engage the public in the early planning phases of the Community Enhancement Program.

And the people responded.

Residents and business owners said that affordable housing for the community’s workforce is a major priority.

They want to see Lake Tahoe communities set the bar on progressive “green” development.

And they welcomed plans that would revitalize downtown areas in the Tahoe Basin.

Those were the predominant trends favored by the opinions, critiques and comments offered during and after the Community Enhancement Program’s public meeting last month, when seven applicants unveiled their proposed development concepts to an audience of more than 200.

Streamline Consulting Group recently compiled all of the meeting’s feedback into a single document for the Tahoe planning agency and the developers. Consultants took notes on conversations between developers and participants, and 48 attendees submitted comments in writing.

“I think I look at the overall tone of all the comments,” said program applicant Dave Ferrari of Kings Beach, who proposed redeveloping several parcels in downtown Kings Beach. “And people really want to see something new and good happen in Kings Beach.”

Ferrari said he felt the comments provided “pretty educated feedback” that could improve some of the projects. He said he would incorporate the public’s voice into his project “as best we can.”

While overall sentiment seemed positive, not all of the comments were fluff. Many harshly critiqued the proposed architectural styles.