County wants TRPA regulation adjustment
Douglas Commissioners will be asked Thursday to transfer development rights to a planned commercial office complex at the base of Kingsbury Grade.
The land coverage proposed to be allocated has already been reserved to construct Phase III of Kahle Community Park.
However, with Phase II just getting off the ground, and with substantial support needed from the private sector for the next phase, Commissioner Don Miner said Phase III of the park is currently off the radar screen.
The Lakeview Professional Office Building, to be built where Love’s Wedding Chapel is located, is scheduled to begin construction this spring. The building is the first phase of a larger county redevelopment project which will include two office buildings, retail shopping and a restaurant.
Miner said the county will challenge the TRPA’s ruling regarding the amount of land in the proposed project area can be developed.
According to Paul Kaleta, of Basin Strategies Planning and Consulting Services, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is requiring an amended Environmental Assessment for Kahle Park to address the issue of remaining allowable coverage.
“This will take some time to complete,” Kaleta wrote in a letter to Douglas County Manager Dan Holler.
The plan regarding loaned coverage, according to Kaleta, would consist of temporarily placing the Phase III portion of Kahle Park on hold and using that coverage as collateral to allow the TRPA to release the permit for the proposed Lakeview Professional Office Building.
The coverage would eventually be released back to the park, according to Holler.
Funding for Phase II of the park has just been raised through a bond issue. The county hopes to have the second phase, which consists of a building next to the original, done by fall 2000.
Miner said he didn’t see an issue developing as the county is proposing to use coverage reserved for a community park to complete a commercial development because of the limited amount of land coverage rights available in the Tahoe Basin.
“All coverage is shared,” Miner said.
Provisions are also built into the plan to allow for the coverage to be transferred back to the park when Phase III is ready to proceed.
Douglas County Commissioners meet Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at the Lake Administration Building, 175 U.S. Highway 50 in Stateline.
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