Commission tables demolition permit for Barton Ranch |

Commission tables demolition permit for Barton Ranch

Tom Lotshaw

A demolition permit to raze buildings on the historic Barton Ranch property is on hold for at least one month after the South Lake Tahoe’s Planning Commission voted to table the request Thursday.

Meanwhile, Lake Tahoe Historical Society will meet with the ranch’s owner, the Mosher family, to see if there are any possibilities for the property and its buildings other than demolition.

Buildings on the property include a ranch house and barn that date back to about 1900 and three guesthouses that date back to about 1945.

The Barton Ranch property is on Emerald Bay Road just south of the “Y” intersection. It is one of the South Shore’s last links to historic cattle ranching operations in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Hilary Roverud, South Lake Tahoe’s director of development services, told planning commission members that local government jurisdictions are interested in the privately-owned property and longstanding ideas about how it could be used as a museum or visitor center and southern gateway into the city.

“Everyone has interest, but no funding for that type of endeavor,” Roverud said.

According to the property owner, the long-vacant buildings are in poor condition with collapsing floors, mold and other issues including lead and asbestos that make them unsafe for habitation and unsuitable for restoration or preservation.

An environmental review required by the California Environmental Quality Act came back with a mitigated negative declaration. It proposes to install a historical site plaque at the Barton Ranch property and publish a report about the property’s local historical significance at the library to make up for the cultural loss if the buildings are demolished.

The request for the demolition permit was tabled until the June 12 South Lake Tahoe Planning Commission meeting.

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