City working on environmental plan to get state funds |

City working on environmental plan to get state funds

Elaine Goodman

The state of California is getting ready to hand out millions of dollars for the development of “sustainable communities,” and South Lake Tahoe officials think the city has a good shot at grabbing a chunk of the money.

City officials are putting together a list of what South Lake Tahoe has done to be environmentally friendly and what it would like to do in the future. The city can point to plans for expanding the South Tahoe Refuse recycling facilities, its stormwater master plan and its proposal to improve 56 acres of public land in the Rufus Allen Boulevard area.

City Councilwoman Kathay Lovell and Mayor Mike Weber are working together on the effort, known as the Green Cities initiative.

Lovell said that when it comes to awarding money, the state is likely to look more favorably on cities that have made progress on green issues and have a solid “action plan” in place. “We want to position ourselves to take full advantage of the funding opportunities,” she said.

Lovell said community outreach also is planned to hear the public’s green ideas.

Among state funds expected to be available are $90 million for “urban greening” and $90 million for land-use planning incentives through Proposition 84, passed by voters in 2006.

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