Late TRPA board meeting cancels convention center presentation |

Late TRPA board meeting cancels convention center presentation

KINGS BEACH – In the waning moments of the eight-plus hour meeting of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency governing board, several trustees “taking a final break” did not re-emerge in their seats.

“Well, it appears we have some members missing,” said trustee Stephen Merrill. “We agreed to continue talks about (the last) project when we have a full board.”

The project Merrill referred to, and the last agendized item of the day, was a review of a presentation by the Lake Tahoe Development Company for its proposed convention center redevelopment project – the largest in South Shore since Heavenly Village.

The South Lake Tahoe Convention center and condominium project have been approved twice before, but the last permit expired in 2004 before work was started.

The latest proposed version is slightly scaled down and would cover 11.36 acres including a public park and several erosion control projects.

Developer Randy Lane was scheduled to present the plans for a 130-unit condominium project and six-story convention center which he hopes will break ground by May, 2007.

Both Lane and the board decided a full quorum would be necessary for fair review of the project; that the issue was tabled until the June governing board meeting did not preclude some audience observers from commenting on the project.

“We’re just going to be watching it closely and make sure (what’s proposed) is done right,” said Sierra Club spokesman Michael Donahoe. “We think the (environmental) center in Incline at Sierra Nevada College is a really good example of how green building can be done here.

“There are, for starters, many ways to get a hold of recyclable materials now and really utilize them in the (building) process. I think the (environmental) center is a good model for the rest of the lake and that’s where we should be going long-term.”

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