Agency to review proposed expansion of waste facility |

Agency to review proposed expansion of waste facility

Provided by South Tahoe RefuseA rendering of the proposed expansion to the South Tahoe Refuse Materials Recovery Facility.

A proposal to almost double the storage capacity of the South Tahoe Resource Materials Recovery Facility will be brought before the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Governing Board on Wednesday.

Storage area at the facility is proposed to increase from 36,134 square feet to 68,692 square feet to accommodate additional organic waste-handling facilities.

The expansion is necessary to bring the facilities into conformance with a California Assembly bill passed in 1989 requiring cities and counties to divert 50 percent of their waste from landfills by the year 2000, according to a TRPA staff report.

“This is to be achieved by removing organic materials from the current waste stream and targeting additional materials that are not being recycled,” the report reads.

The South Lake Tahoe City Council approved the expansion last month in a 3-2 vote, with council members Ted Long and Bill Crawford opposed.

Long said he’d like the city to take another look at possible alternative sites for the Eloise Avenue waste facility, which now is in an area that mixes homes with more industrial uses.

Mayor Mike Weber, who voted in favor of the plan, said the plan had been in the works for eight years and alternatives already were considered. Each of the alternate sites had been rejected for various reasons, he said.

“We’ve looked long enough. We’ve looked hard enough,” Weber said Monday.

Weber said the expanded facility would be better-looking, cleaner-operating and help the city meet state mandates for recycling.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting:

— The Governing Board will hear public comment on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Beach Club on Lake Tahoe on Wednesday.

The document analyzes five options for development where the Tahoe Shores Mobile Home Park sits, near Nevada Beach campground in Douglas County.

The preferred alternative includes the development of 124 condominiums, 18 moderate-income units and a pier expansion.

Although the proposal includes measures to reduce land coverage and restore stream environment zones, it has angered residents of the mobile-home park facing the prospect of being displaced.

Public comment on the draft environmental impact statement closes March 3, and final approval of the project could come as soon as April, according to a TRPA news statement.

Construction on the project could begin as early as summer 2009.

— Governing Board members will discuss reserving allocations under the Community Enhancement Program (CEP).

Nine projects, including development at the former Mikasa building and existing Raley’s and Kmart shopping center in South Lake Tahoe, could be considered under the CEP.

TRPA staff has recommended a project at the former Mikasa site receive 43,872 feet of commercial floor area and 24 multiresidential bonus units for a special-projects pool. The project at the Raley’s shopping center would receive 15,801 square feet of commercial floor area and 45 multiresidential bonus units under the staff recommendation.

By issuing the commodities under the CEP, the TRPA hopes to encourage redevelopment with substantial environmental gains, according to TRPA news statements.

Conservation groups previously have voiced a concern that CEP projects will not undergo adequate environmental review.

– Tribune City Editor Elaine Goodman contributed to this report.

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