Ren Faire organizers listen to issues
March 21, 2003
Public parking, traffic congestion and illegal camping are issues that have to be dealt with if a summer festival that draws as many 4,000 people a day is approved for a Meyers campground.
That message came Wednesday night from law enforcement officers and several Meyers residents who attended a community roundtable meeting at Meyers Elementary School.
“It was really good meeting, as a matter of fact,” said Sue Yang, Meyers Roundtable chairwoman. “The people putting together the faire were very amenable to every single issue that was brought up.
A handful of people said they were skeptical that faire organizers could handle the large crowd. But many said that if parking and noise issues can be addressed, they would welcome the faire, Yang said.
The Renaissance Faire, organized by the Tahoe Tallac Association, is proposed for three consecutive weekends in June. It would be held at the Tahoe Pines Campground with overflow campers staying at the KOA Campground and vehicles possibly being parked at Lake Tahoe Airport.
According to Yang, a California Highway Patrol officer who attended the meeting said that having tow trucks on hand could solve the parking problem.
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The association has applied for a permit for the event from the county planning department. A meeting is scheduled Monday at 1 p.m. at the department to discuss how traffic and other public safety issues would be handled.
Following the meeting, Becky Fredlund, assistant planner at the county, will write a report that will either recommend acceptance or rejection of the permit. Her recommendation will be presented at a public hearing, which has not yet been scheduled. The decision at the hearing will be followed by a two-week appeal period.
“It’s all kind of up in air — whether it will happen when expected, or at all,” Fredlund said.
The faire, which involves 1,000 actors and draws about 4,000 people a day, would be held June 7-8, June 14-15, and June 21-22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Roundtable is also still wrangling with the possibility of changing its community plan to accommodate the large number of carved, wooden bears that pop up outside businesses in Meyers every summer.
Yang said the Roundtable Committee has sent a survey to residents to better gauge their opinion of such changes to the plan. The survey is due by April 2.
“We really want this resolved by June for the business people, ” Yang said.
— Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org