Edgewood Companies wants to extend a small portion of its golf course into California to coincide with a long-planned project to build a resort in Stateline, Nev.
Currently, the tee boxes for the ninth hole rest on the California side of Edgewood’s property along with some of Hole 8’s green complex. However, the plan is to move about 3 acres of the ninth hole — including some of the fairway — into South Lake Tahoe.
Brandon Hill, real estate project manager for Edgewood, said the company realized the benefits of keeping some operations in California back when the Edgewood Tahoe Resort Project was approved by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency in 2012.
“Once we had our approved project, and went further into design to develop the concept that was approved, it immediately became clear to us that we could deliver a superior project on a number of levels if we were able to keep the ninth hole partially in California as it is today,” he said at a planning commission meeting Thursday.
In order for the company to extend its operations into California, however, it requires permission from the city of South Lake Tahoe to make changes to land use designations in that area. The amendment, if approved, would affect some parcels west of Lake Parkway and north of Stateline Avenue.
It would also only affect South Lake Tahoe property already owned by Edgewood.
South Lake Tahoe planning commissioners listened to a presentation from Hill on Thursday to ask questions about the proposed amendment before it came back to the commission for a decision at a later time.
Chairwoman Joy Curry said she had no problems with the plan as it stood.
“This is actually, in my opinion, a lot of work for someone who wants to use their land the way they want to use it,” she said.
It might be Edgewood’s property, but Hill said there would also be benefits to the public by allowing the change to land use. The amendment would allow lakefront recreation, giving Edgewood the chance to expand an already proposed 500 feet of public beach access to 630 feet.
Additionally, it would give public access to a section of beach that currently doesn’t have it.
Ultimately, all the changes would coincide with Edgewood’s larger resort project, which consists of constructing a 154-room lodge with a health spa, restaurant and more.
The resort could open as soon as summer 2016. Golf hole realignment, on the other hand, is expected to begin later this year.