City may change plans for Bijou park |

City may change plans for Bijou park

Susan Wood

Between a community-wide survey, zoning issues and a possible change in home base, the South Lake Tahoe City Council may be all over the map with its agenda Tuesday starting at 9 a.m.

Talk of consolidating city offices in a location that would save money paid in rent has now been directed toward Bijou Community Park. For years, three possible sites have come into question – Bijou near the Police Department station, the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce building and Lake Tahoe Airport.

Rent for its council chambers and planning offices sets the city back about $160,000 annually.

Initial investments to build offices amounting to 18,000 square feet came in at $4 million in 2001.

The latest concept would require changing the Bijou Park Master Plan.

Zoning changes may take up much of the day session, with Sierra Recovery Center bringing the council its request to alter the allowable use in the planning area by the “Y” to accommodate a residential care facility where the Sandor’s Chateau motel now sits.

The planning commission denied the request Thursday.

The commission approved with considerations a change in the planning area where American Baptist Homes of the West wants to place multifamily housing complex for seniors. The 3-acre parcel is located at 1447 Herbert Ave.

A vacation home rental owner will forge an appeal to the council to avert a $250 fine regarding property at 1340 Wildwood Ave. Neighbor Jerry Goodman lodged the second complaint upon his report the renters were noisy at the home managed by Tahoe Keys Resort.

Ways to accommodate visitors will also occupy the City Council with a discussion over plans to put a visitors’ center at the Heavenly Village Transit station near Stateline. With funds set aside for such a project, the California Tahoe Conservancy has hired a Sacramento design firm to evaluate its potential.

The potential for economic development could be studied with a $35,000 California Community Development Block Grant the council is expected to move forward on. They will put forth a $6,650 cash match for the housing department.

The Lake Tahoe Airport Commission will bring its revenue-enhancing ideas to the council meeting to offset a $102,934 annual increase to operate the airport tower. It recommends raising fees that would bring in $80,000, leaving $22,394 as a projected shortfall.

The council may also approve the airport’s capital improvement program, which is primarily paid for with federal grant dollars.

– Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at

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