City leaders to discuss Tahoe Valley roundabout |

City leaders to discuss Tahoe Valley roundabout

Road reconfigurations including a roundabout and pedestrian paths at the gateway of South Lake Tahoe will be taken up by the city leaders on Tuesday.

The Tahoe Valley Community Plan Team will bring concepts before the South Lake Tahoe City Council with the idea that planning staff will prepare an environmental impact review.

The city’s planning commission heard the matter last November, accepted the plan and made a few revisions. Among them, the panel recommended the city make Second and Fourth streets into one-way thoroughfares to accommodate development.

It also suggested pursuing the roundabout at the hub of Tahoe Valley. The city is currently working with Caltrans on an engineering report that will explore the feasibility of the much talked-about feature in town.

The community plan comes with an array of suggestions from a diverse group of stakeholders, who have worked on the vision for more than two years. For example, Dr. Steve Leman shared ideas for a few city parks in the area based on the state’s renewed receptiveness to financing the outdoor amenities.

The city hired Design Workshop of Stateline for $15,390 to come up with design schemes. The area in question runs from F to Third streets off Highway 50 and 10th to D streets off Highway 89.

The overall concept calls for a pedestrian-friendly village with paths, bridges and parks – including one for dogs, a commercial district with an anchor tenant and a six-acre activity center. Some 15,000 square feet of commercial floor space has been set aside for the project, which still comes with no price tag.

Danny Freemon, who owns four motels nearby, wants the boundaries of the Tahoe Valley Community Plan expanded to include his properties. For instance, the Washoe Motel lies only 209 feet outside the border, which ends at 10th Street. The businessman and builder would also like to see a loosening of restrictions that would extend a three-floor limit on stores to at least five or six.

“There’s quite a bit of opportunity here – up and down Emerald Bay Road,” Freemon said.

In other business, the South Tahoe Redevelopment Agency acting as the City Council will re-negotiate an agreement with Embassy Vacation Resort’s Sunterra Corporation to expand its time-share properties. The city wants to review a construction timeline for building of Phases 4 and 5.

— The City Council is also expected to take up its participation in the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Pathway 2007 process. The TRPA is requesting the city kick in $50,000 for the planning process.

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