South Lake Tahoe city officials host second commercial design workshop |

South Lake Tahoe city officials host second commercial design workshop

Sebastian Foltz
When complete the City of South Lake Tahoe's Design Guidelines project will be used as a tool to assist prospective developers with understanding design standards for the city.
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — What does the future of Tahoe’s South Shore look like in terms of commercial improvements to the region? That was part of the focus behind the City of South Lake Tahoe’s second public workshop on design guidelines held Wednesday evening, Feb. 19, at Lake Tahoe Airport. Hosted by landscape architecture and design consultants Design Workshop, the three-part public forum is seeking input on city design guidelines for commercial development.

The end goal of the project is to create visual aids to illustrate examples that fall under the city’s design standards for commercial construction.

“I think that people are really passionate about how their community looks,” Design Workshop project manager Stephanie Grigsby said in response to the workshop.

“It’s a tool that will help developers and architects,” city development services technician Krisha Penollar further explained.

Those in attendance were given the opportunity to view and comment on examples of what commercial and tourist areas “should” look like. Examples were divided into five categories: building design (architecture), site design, signage, landscaping and exterior lighting.

Guidelines essentially encourage designs similar to buildings in and around Heavenly Village. Among the guiding principles was the idea that any new commercial building should fit in with a mountain theme. Designs should incorporate appropriate landscaping and scenic vistas along with modern “mountain town” architecture.

Grigsby cited Cold Water Brewery as another example of visually improving existing commercial structures. The building underwent substantial renovations prior to opening in 2014.

The final workshop will be held Wednesday, March 9, from 5-7 p.m. at Lake Tahoe Airport’s city council rooms. Project organizers will display final guideline concepts for public input. City officials are encouraging those who were not in attendance to look over designs online and fill out the survey accessible from the city’s website — The survey will be open from Feb. 18-26.

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