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Draft Area Plan, Notice of Preparation for Environmental Review released

Thomas Lotshaw
Special to the Tribune

Placer County and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) have released a Notice of Preparation for scoping an environmental impact document for two actions: the draft Tahoe Basin Area Plan and implementing regulations and the Tahoe City Lodge project.

The draft Tahoe Basin Area Plan is a land use document guiding growth, land development, and natural resource management in Placer County’s portion of the Lake Tahoe Basin for the next 20 years. The Tahoe City Lodge project is a proposed project that includes redevelopment of the “Henrikson” site northeast of the Tahoe City “Wye” with new tourist accommodations and amenities, as well as renovations to the Tahoe City Golf Course clubhouse.

The draft Tahoe Basin Area Plan encompasses about 72 square miles. It includes the communities of Kings Beach/Stateline, Tahoe City, Carnelian Bay, Dollar Point, Sunnyside, Homewood, Tahoe Vista, and Tahoma. The Tahoe City Lodge project is located at 255 and 265 North Lake Boulevard and includes portions of the Tahoe City Golf Course.

Together with the programmatic analysis of the draft area plan, the Tahoe City Lodge project will be analyzed at a project level. Placer County’s intent is to explore how new regulations and incentives in the Tahoe Basin Area Plan can help achieve TRPA’s environmental thresholds, foster environmental redevelopment, and promote revitalization in North Tahoe communities through individual projects such as the Tahoe City Lodge project.

Release of the documents starts a 60-day public comment period for interested parties to submit comments, questions, and concerns that will be considered in the scoping and preparation of a draft environmental document. The draft Tahoe Basin Area Plan, implementing regulations, and notice of preparation are available online at http://www.placer.ca.gov/departments/communitydevelopment/planning/tahoebasinareaplan

Written comments should be submitted by 5 p.m. Aug. 3. They can be sent to: Environmental Coordination Services, Community Development Resource Agency, 3091 County Center Drive, Suite 190, Auburn, CA 95603. Comments may also be emailed to cdraecs@placer.ca.gov and faxed to (530) 745-3080. For more information, call (530) 745-3133.

Five public scoping meetings are scheduled to accept input on the preparation of and content of the environmental impact document. Placer County will hold two meetings and the TRPA will hold three.


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