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Common values shared at planning workshop

Kara Fox

TAHOE CITY – Armed with colorful markers, poster paper and many ideas, North Shore residents showed they share common values and ideas for the Placer County side of the Lake Tahoe Basin at a place-based planning community workshop Tuesday night at the Conference Center in Kings Beach.

More than 100 community members signified that Kings Beach was the biggest opportunity for reinvestment in the area, noting that the town has the greatest potential for affordable housing and improving overall quality of life in that community. Other areas that were selected for investment included Tahoe City, Tahoe Vista, Homewood and the West Shore and watershed restoration.

North Tahoe Business Association Executive Director Pam Jahnke said she was surprised that residents from Kings Beach to Tahoma all agreed on Kings Beach as the greatest priority for redevelopment. Jahnke, who is in the Placer County Place-Based Planning Working Group, said it was good to see “everyone focusing on the same values” of community character, economy and environment.

Community planning consultant Bruce Race divided participants into teams of eight and had them identify issues facing the community, improvements for environmental stability, places of significant value for community identity and important investment opportunities.

For valued places in the community, participants seemed to agree that beaches, forests and the lake were important to them. Many named their own home as an important place and one group even noted that their own homes needed improvement with defensible space and best management practices to be implemented.

“I was impressed by the strong commitment to protection of the lake, restoration of the watersheds and shorelines,” said John Friedrich of the South Shore-based League to Save Lake Tahoe, who is also on the planning group. “People of the North Shore clearly want Lake Tahoe to be protected as a top priority.”

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The workshop was attended by a cross section of the community that included business owners, activists, county employees, long-time residents and young people. Jahnke said she was encouraged by the number of people younger than 40 who attended the meeting. However, one noticeable group missing were members of the Hispanic community.

John Singlaub, executive director of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, said he was pleased that so many people made the trek in a snow storm to make their voices heard.

“People seemed to be satisfied to grapple with issues,” Singlaub said. “People are of one mind. It impresses me all the time about Lake Tahoe. We need to remind ourselves of our commonalties.”

Place-based workshops are being held around the basin as part of Pathway 2007, which will produce a 20-year regional plan for Lake Tahoe. The workshops are designed to give individual communities a chance to share their vision for the area and to help tailor Pathway 2007 planning to each community’s needs.

South Shore meeting tonight

What: South Shore place-based community workshop. Will include South Lake Tahoe, Douglas County GIDs and HOAs, Meyers and El Dorado County

Where: Lake Tahoe Community College

When: Tonight 6 to 9 p.m.

Why: To share your opinion on the community’s future