Food plains put kink in developer’s plans
INCLINE VILLAGE-A flood plain is creating road blocks for a developer who wants to build a part-condominium, part-office building where dilapidated tennis courts and a shut-down night club now sit.
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s governing board today will hear a proposal to demolish the existing Incline Village building. Once it’s demolished, the applicant is proposing to construct a two-story building, with parking underneath.
The existing development consists of 10,640 square feet of commercial floor area and the proposed building would include a 25,546 square feet of commercial floor space, more than doubling the size.
The property is located within the 100-year flood plain as delineated by the Army Corps of Engineers. TRPA regulates development in the flood plains to protect public health and safety, and to prevent potential impacts to water quality, stream zones, fisheries, wildlife and vegetation.
“They want to build something that’s twice the size of what is already there,” said Paul Nielsen, TRPA senior planner.
In the meantime, the Army Corps is making a new map of the flood plain for the area. Nielsen said it should be completed by December, and TRPA staff wants to delay a decision on the project until the remapping is completed.
“The remapping could change our decision,” he said.
But Gary Midkiff, who is representing the applicant, Mountain Lake Development Corp., said they are tired of waiting.
“The problem is we have been waiting a year and a half,” Midkiff said.
“We think if we come up with enough water-quality benefits, code will allow for us to do this project,” he added.
What: TRPA meeting
Where: Tahoe Seasons Resort, Saddle Road at Keller
When: 9:30 a.m. today (10 a.m. for the project)
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