Last month, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) reached the unanimous decision to approve new Community and Environmental Redevelopment Plans by the Tahoe Basin Area Plan and the Tahoe City Lodge Project. This means that an outlined plan has been created that the county will strive to achieve for Lake Tahoe’s environmental restoration goals. They have also set land-use regulations for Placer County’s section of the Tahoe Basin for the next twenty years.
The new environmental and community redevelopment plans were created to help to protect the lake and surrounding areas. These approved plans will serve the community by updating the existing community and general plans, and as well as the regulations. Some of the measures that are being implemented include reducing storm water pollution, revitalizing the economy, and improving the walkable areas in our communities. This area plan will eventually reach 72 square miles of the Tahoe Basin within Placer County.
The Tahoe City Lodge Project was created to redevelop the community while implementing environmentally friendly practices. For example, an older building at the Tahoe City Golf Course will be repurposed into a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design level hotel. Also added, are new charging stations for zero-emission electric vehicles in the parking area. This project will be environmentally beneficial by reducing site coverage by 10,080 square feet, meaning that 1.7 acres of land will be repurposed into a stream environment zone. These plans will work to expedite environmental restoration and create new economic opportunities.
Not only will this impact the restoration of our lake, but it will also effect those who live in the area. This is a big step for those that live around the lake because the decision will give homeowners the ability to build ‘in-law’ units on lots of any size. Joanne S. Marchetta, executive director of TRPA stated, “This is the fourth area plan approved at Lake Tahoe and an important milestone for implementing the 2012 Regional Plan… with this plan, we can take significant steps to improve the environment and strengthen communities on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore
The acceptance of these new plans will aid in the affordable housing crisis by allowing property owners to build secondary dwelling units, regardless of lot size. This is important because it gives more flexibility to property owners and the opportunity to build a space that can double as an income producing unit. These mother-in-law units provide greater housing options throughout the Lake Tahoe area. According to the TRPA, “the new units must be deed restricted affordable housing and cannot be used as vacation rentals”.
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency leads the cooperative effort to preserve, restore, and enhance the unique natural and human environment of the Lake Tahoe Region while improving local communities, and people’s interactions with our irreplaceable environment. For additional information, contact Tom Lotshaw, Public Information Officer, at (775) 589-5278.
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