County will hear time-share debate |

County will hear time-share debate

Jenifer Ragland

The fate of a proposed time-share complex on Tramway Drive in Tahoe Village should be decided Thursday when the Douglas County Planning Commission will consider issuing a use permit.

The project has run into some controversy due to questions by residents about whether prior public meetings on the issue were properly noticed.

Planned for development at 455 Tramway Drive, the 26-unit Ridge Pointe resort would sit on the southeast corner of Tramway and Quaking Aspen Lane, just outside the jurisdiction of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

Some residents complained that the proposed complex will obstruct their views of the Carson Valley, making it more difficult for them to re-sell their own time-share units.

And because many property owners in Tahoe Village have permanent homes elsewhere, they said they did not have the chance to voice their opinions on the project.

As a result, the Planning Commission will re-hear a Board of Adjustment hearing that was held Oct. 10, 1996, when a variance to increase the height of the building from 35 feet to 47 feet was approved.

Immediately following will be a public hearing on a special use permit for the project continued from last month’s meeting, also due to noticing questions.

Jack Sievers, who has been a developer in Douglas County for 37 years, is a partner in the Ridge Pointe Limited Partnership venture that owns the land at Tramway.

His proposal is for a five-level building that includes a 26-car parking garage, exercise area, entertainment room and 26 dwelling units.

Sievers said he does not think his time-share project will negatively impact the area.

If the county grants the permit, Sievers said he hopes to break ground this summer, with completion anticipated early next year.

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