Interest high in plan for 56 acres |

Interest high in plan for 56 acres

Charles Sizemore

A preliminary plan for the South Lake Tahoe 56-Acre Plan drew a positive response from the project’s steering committee and the public, an official said.

Royston, Hanamoto, Alley & Abey, the design firm hired to develop conceptual designs for the 56-Acre project, unveiled the plan Thursday before the committee, which was appointed by the City Council and El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. The meeting drew a large public audience.

According to the city of South Lake Tahoe, the 56-Acre Plan seeks to enhance the area now housing the city library, recreation center, ice rink, public works department and other public venues.

The project is a cooperative effort among the city and El Dorado County, which own the land and are leading the process, and the California Tahoe Conservancy, which is funding the project’s design. The project’s master plan is scheduled to be completed by December.

Project manager Debbie Vreeland described the steering committee response to the plan as “extremely positive.” Public reaction was favorable, Vreeland said, although some people expressed concerns over closing Lakeview Avenue to create a larger public gathering space near the lake’s edge.

The preliminary preferred plan unveiled last week reflects concepts developed over the past eight months. Seven alternative concept plans have been developed based on input from public meetings, steering committee meetings and a briefing to the City Council and the Board of Supervisors.

The RHAA design team took pieces from each plan, culminating in the preliminary preferred plan.

Public comment on the plan will be heard during a workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Lake Tahoe Community College Board Room. For more information, visit the project Web site at

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