City planners make housing decisions |

City planners make housing decisions

Jeff Munson, Tahoe Daily Tribune

The South Lake Tahoe Planning Commission unanimously recommended the City Council strike out vacation home rentals as part of the city’s housing element.

The Planning Commission considered nine topics on Thursday to be included in the element. The element dictates how many housing units — whether apartments or single-family homes — are needed for the varying income segments of the city’s population.

The commission approved the following for recommendation to the council:

— Motel conversion and bonus units substitution policies;

— Mobile home parks;

— Building codes;

— Making condominiums out of existing development;

— Condominiums in new development.

These recommended options could be included in future housing code changes, said Lisa O’Daly, the city’s associate planner.

The state requires the city provide 53 more housing units under its guidelines, which are passed through the Sacramento Area Council of Governments. The final document is due to the state by Dec. 31. The City Council will take up the issue Tuesday.

Commissioners heard the number of units necessary to serving the community, with 11 units for the “very-low” income category, defined as a household of four making less than $25,749 annually. This group constitutes 57 percent of the population.

The list also includes 11 units rated “low,” 31 as “moderate” and 213 considered “above moderate.” The latter was defined as a household income level of between $41,189 and $61,779 a year.

South Lake Tahoe’s median household income is $34,707.

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