Commission approves ‘Y’ industrial tract plan |

Commission approves ‘Y’ industrial tract plan

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Lake Tahoe Basin planners on Wednesday recommended approval of a community plan for the South “Y” industrial tract that would create incentives for industrial businesses to relocate to the area.

“Applicants are waiting in the wings,” said Lisa O’Daly, associate planner at the city. But, she said, planners still need to find ways that would allow more land at the tract to be developed to entice existing or new industrial businesses to the area.

The city of South Lake Tahoe began work on the community plan, which would apply to 192 acres located between Julie Lane and Shop Street, in March 2001. The plan will be reviewed by the City Council next week and by the Governing Board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency the following week.

The planning process for the South “Y” industrial tract has been unique. It involved the restoration of a sensitive stream zone, as well as installation of water treatment facilities, as part of the development of the community plan.

Those environmental improvements, completed last year, will allow planners to double the commercial floor area available to a businesses who build in the tract, said Peter Eichar, a TRPA planner.

Also Wednesday, the TRPA Advisory Planning Commission recommended approval of a zoning change for areas surrounding the industrial tract. The zoning change would encourage affordable and multifamily housing projects in the area. The city estimates once the community plan is in effect, about 40 jobs will be created.

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In other action on Wednesday:

n A proposal that aimed to exchange the right to develop land for completed environmental work was sent back to the TRPA staff for further examination. The proposal is designed to allow landowners or developers to receive allocations of development in exchange for work that encourages public transportation or implements erosion controls (Best Management Practices) on a number of properties. The allocations would come from a pool of 340 that right now is reserved for people who agreed to buy and retire land deemed too sensitive to build on.

n The Advisory Planning Commission held a public hearing regarding the proposed construction of a pipeline to export wastewater of the South Tahoe Public Utility District to Alpine County. Jon-Paul Harries, program director of the League to Save Lake Tahoe, and resident of Grass Lake Road, testified at the hearing.

Grass Lake Road would be affected if one of six alternatives available is chosen. An in-depth environmental impact report was issued regarding the project on Feb. 3. The TRPA is still accepting public comment on the project. To locate a copy of the report, go to or contact Melissa Joyce, of the TRPA Project Review Division, at (775) 588-4547 ext. 244 or by e-mail at