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My Turn: A negative precedent: Villas at Harborside

Judi Tornese

Many Homewood and other West Shore homeowners are opposed to the construction of time-shares at the proposed Villas at Harborside in Homewood on the West Shore.

One important issue is their concern with setting a precedent for developing multiple time-share homes on one lot on the West Shore. The Placer County Recorder’s Office and prominent Realtors have indicated that they are not aware of any multiple time-share dwellings on one lot on the West Shore. There are lots with a single time-share dwelling, which is shared among several owners, but not more than one time-share dwelling on one lot. The exception is the first phase of the Villas construction, consisting of three time-share dwellings on one lot in Homewood, which were approved and built without proper notice to and comment from Homewood homeowners.

The owner of a property zoned for commercial use, if it doesn’t already have Tourist Accommodation Units (motel or hotel rooms) on the lot, would be able to buy some TAUs from other areas of Placer County and build multiple time-shares on the lot. There are a lot of commercial vacant lots around the West Shore. Or the property owner of a run-down motel could swap one of his rooms to build a three- or four-bedroom time-share home. There is no logic for such transfers, since a hotel room, motel room or time-share home (regardless of the number of bedrooms), are all considered to be one Tourist Accommodation Unit.

If developers are able to convert small, low-margin motel or hotel rooms into luxury time-shares around the Basin, without having to offset the significant new traffic and other impacts, the Villas project may become common practice and could help accelerate similar out-of-scale development around the Lake.

Is this how we want the Tahoe basin to develop ” with time-shares?

This new project will open the door for more multiple time-shares on one lot, producing more density and crowding and negatively changing the ambiance of the West Shore. The total impact to the community, including environmental, traffic and parking, needs to be considered. If you are opposed to time-shares in your neighborhood and are against setting a bad precedent for the West Shore and elsewhere around the lake, then join us in opposition to this development.

There are many other reasons to oppose this project, so if you are concerned about this development, please attend the TRPA hearing Wednesday, March 28 at 2 p.m. Contact TRPA at (775) 588-4547 to confirm the time at North Tahoe Conference Center at Kings Beach


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