Committee will examine affordable housing |

Committee will examine affordable housing

Andy Bourelle

To help address the vast shortcomings of available affordable housing in the Douglas County portion of Lake Tahoe, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency plans to establish a committee of interested groups to come up with solutions by February.

The agency’s governing board unanimously approved that recommendation Wednesday.

“Hopefully, in the next three months we can solve some of these issues,” said Gabby Barrett, TRPA senior planner.

A study conducted in 1997 revealed Douglas County’s fair share of affordable housing, compared to the rest of the basin, was deficient about 1,400 residential units. TRPA recently identified that, under existing rules and the availability of developable land, the goal could never be reached.

“It’s not that we don’t want to do our fair share,” said Don Miner, Douglas County’s representative on the board. “We don’t have developable sites.”

While the businesses in Stateline’s casino area employ many low-income residents, those families often live in places such as South Lake Tahoe or Carson City. Representatives from those jurisdictions supported trying to find solutions to the issue.

“We do our fair share,” said Kay Bennett, Carson City’s supervisor on the TRPA board. “It’s time for the other jurisdictions to step up to the plate.”

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