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Local officials to discuss affordable housing issues

Emily Aughinbaugh, Tribune staff writer

Affordable housing discussions for the Lake Tahoe Basin will continue this week between local government officials.

In an effort to make the best use of the few basin parcels zoned for multiple-family use, an affordable housing committee made up of six Tahoe Regional Planning Agency governing board members will discuss overcoming affordable housing barriers.

Committee member Dave Solaro said the group will consider ways TRPA regulations and zoning can be changed to allow for more affordable housing options.

One of those options could be allowing mother-in-law units, or rental units built over garages or decks that house a different family from the main house. Solaro said these units are currently illegal.

He said the committee hopes to form some viable recommendations to bring to the TRPA governing board meeting later this month.

Started last summer, the affordable housing committee was formed after years of developers applying for multiple-housing permits and then selling individual units as high-priced condos.

Concerned with dwindling affordable housing opportunities, the TRPA conducted an extensive affordable housing needs assessment and considered subjecting counties to a moratorium on certain types of development that took away from affordable housing options.

Pam Drum, TRPA public affairs coordinator, said there are affordable housing options in all urbanized areas in the basin that were picked because of their close proximity to schools, jobs and public transit. Drum said the committee is now looking into ways to get housing built in those areas for those who need it.

“There’s an obvious and critical need in the basin to come up with a plan to provide a mix of affordable housing,” she said.

What: Tahoe Regional Planning Agency affordable housing committee meeting

When: 9 a.m. Friday

Where: Our Lady of Tahoe Catholic Church, Elks Point Road

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