Kingsbury plan gets county review |

Kingsbury plan gets county review

Michael Schneider

Douglas County Planning Commissioners Tuesday will consider construction of a commercial center located between the county’s lake administration building and Kingsbury Grade.

The plan calls for two office buildings and a retail and restaurant development and will need only planning commission approval for preliminary plans.

Planner Pete Wysocki of Douglas Community Development said the plan will need to go before the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency as well as the county commission for approval of items such as design review.

Wysocki said 19,630 feet of floor space has been set aside for the commercial center project. Proponent Carol Nan Mehrtens will ask the commission for another 13,070 square feet of space.

The project eventually will include a transit stop, a three-story parking garage and a tourist information center.

“Although it’s a private project, it will provide some public uses as well,” Wysocki said.

Love’s Wedding Chapel will be purchased and building will demolished to construct a right-turn lane from Kingsbury Grade on to U.S. Highway 50.

Three community planning areas were created in 1993 within the Douglas County portion of the Tahoe Basin. Kingsbury, Stateline and Round Hill are each eligible to receive commercial floor area, distributed by the TRPA, for construction of new commercial projects.

The Kingsbury area received 10,000 square feet from the TRPA in 1997. Additionally, more than 7,000 feet of unused floor area was rolled over from 1996.

The proposed project would take 13,000 feet, leaving more than 4,000 feet for another project.

Tenants have yet to be found, but county planners anticipate the development will create an average number of jobs with moderate salaries and will generate average sales tax for the county.

Should the planning commission allow the project to proceed, Wysocki said the final plans could be completed and ready for the TRPA and county design review summer or fall.

Construction could begin next year.

Who: Douglas Planning Commission

Where: County Administrative Building, 1616 Eighth St., Minden

When: Tuesday, June 9

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