Commission approves tourism plan recommendation |

Commission approves tourism plan recommendation

Eric Heinz

A new comprehensive outline of South Lake Tahoe’s future private business development and tourism goals is headed to the City Council for discussion.

On Thursday the South Lake Tahoe Planning Commission recommended the Council approve the Tourist Core Action Plan’s environmental document. The plan will structure certain procedures in its most frequented regions of commerce, which encompasses businesses from Stateline to just north of the “Y” at U.S. Highways 50 and 89.

The Lake Tahoe Basin is subject to various standards of construction and development and the TCAP is intended to address the various ways in which the South Shore can move forward with incentives to developers that do not infringe local laws.

Key issues included proposed building height redistricting, harnessing the lake’s scenic resources by managing view space and other assets, better management practices, land targets for redevelopment, land coverage availability and usage, permissible use, the integration of the proposed “Loop Road” project that would redistribute highway 50 and environmental and recreational aspects of the project.

City Development Services Director Hilary Roverud said the plan also aims to entice more property investment in existing building environment.

“The Stateline/Ski Run plan is more focused on public improvements, and this area plan is focused on (incentives for) private property improvements,” Roverud said.

Most of the main issues raised at Thursday’s meeting included the feasibility of redevelopment as opposed to new development and the laws that bind such planning.

“We also want to eliminate inconsistencies between both the city’s general plan direction, the (Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s) regional plan direction as well as updating the Stateline/Ski Run Community Plan,” Roverud said.

Roverud broke down the 200-plus-page document’s most addressed components from the comment period that ended Aug. 28.

According to the plans, the TCAP will be brought to the Oct. 1 South Lake Tahoe City Council meeting.

The checklist includes California Environmental Quality Act guidelines and Tahoe Regional Planning Association environmental checklists.

City general plan workshops were conducted from 2007 to 2009, according to a document from the Development Services Department, which is when the inception of the plan began. The public comment period on the document ended Aug. 28.

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