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Affordable housing on TRPA agenda

Emily Aughinbaugh

A big step may be taken Wednesday to allow opportunities for more affordable housing in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board will vote Wednesday during its monthly meeting that begins at 9:30 a.m. at the North Tahoe Conference Center on a proposed amendment that would allow affordable housing units on parcels extending outside of commercial areas.

The amendment would allow affordable housing projects the same 50 percent coverage permitted for commercial sites.

Multiple-family housing is permitted inside the community plan boundaries but is only allowed 30 percent land coverage.

Governing Board member Dave Solaro said multiple-family housing – five or more units – needs the 50 percent land coverage. He said it often encompasses eight or more units.

The amendment received unanimous support from the Affordable Housing Committee, made up of six TRPA Governing Board members, and from TRPA’s Advisory Planning Committee.

The League to Save Lake Tahoe has opposed the change.

League Executive Director Rochelle Nason said the affordable housing amendment would promote unmitigated additional coverage outside the community plan boundaries.

Colleen Shade, TRPA land-use team leader, said TRPA staff found the amendment would not exceed any of the nine thresholds – water quality, air quality, soil, wildlife, fisheries, vegetation, noise, scenic and recreation.

“It is insignificant what this code amendment would mean to coverage,” Shade told the Advisory Planning Committee. “We do not have a significant impact of our soil thresholds.”

The governing board will meet beginning at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the North Tahoe Conference Center at 8318 N. Lake Tahoe Blvd. in Kings Beach.

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