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Housing idea may be nixed

Affordable housing possibilities in Douglas County may get slimmer this week.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board today will consider an application by Falcon Capital to build multifamily dwellings in the recreation area of Rabe Meadow, located along U.S. Highway 50 immediately south of the Dorla Court Commercial Center.

Agency staff is recommending denial of the application. To allow commercial or residential projects in the area, which isn’t zoned for those uses, TRPA staff would have to find the project benefits the environment or public health or that the zoning map is incorrect.

Staff contend the project meets none of those exceptions. Falcon Capital co-owner Randy Lane disagrees.

“That plan area is not correctly mapped anyway,” Lane said. “There’s existing multifamily housing there already.”

The 9-acre site proposed for the building of about 30 multiple-family units possesses numerous granite outcroppings and acts as a natural barrier between the natural recreation area of the Rabe Meadow and the commercial development of Dorla Court, according to TRPA staff.

The parcel is one of five sites TRPA analyzed in Douglas County as possessing the land capabilities to possibly house multiple-family residences.

If Falcon’s application is denied, Lane said he might have to look in California to build affordable housing.

Falcon Capital was required by TRPA to construct 134 affordable housing units for the people who were displaced by the Lake Park Apartments demolition.

Three of the five low-cost apartment buildings on Kahle Drive have been torn down.

Lane said 24 apartments of a 64-unit complex will be ready for residents soon.

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