Meeting set on redevelopment proposal |

Meeting set on redevelopment proposal

The city of South Lake Tahoe is eyeing 1,860 acres of land as a potential redevelopment zone, and officials have invited the public to a community meeting Friday to discuss the proposal.

Redevelopment is a way to finance improvements in a region, which might include storm drains, street repairs or low-interest home-repair loans.

Much of the proposed redevelopment zone is in the “Y” area, but it also stretches down Highway 50 and includes part of the Bijou neighborhood. Officials say the new redevelopment zone would focus on the needs of residents, in contrast to the tourist-oriented redevelopment at the state line.

Some are skeptical about redevelopment and have pointed to several properties in the city that have been revitalized ” the Safeway and Fox gas station, for example ” without the help of redevelopment.

Others are concerned that officials would use eminent-domain authority to take private property. The city council passed a resolution not to use eminent domain for residential property, but some wonder if that resolution might be overturned over the 30-year life of the redevelopment area.

Friday’s meeting will take place in two “shifts,” beginning at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., and will be held in city council chambers at the Lake Tahoe Airport.

More information, including a map of the proposed redevelopment zone, can be found at

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