Meyers plan gets fresh look |

Meyers plan gets fresh look

Adam Jensen
Adam Jensen / Tahoe Daily TribuneCars pass through Meyers Thursday afternoon. Officials and the public are taking a new look at possibilities for the area was envisioned as a high-speed pass through.

How to make Meyers a “recreational Mecca” is one part of discussions that kicked off at the South Shore this week.

A meeting held at Lake Tahoe Environmental Science Magnet School Wednesday night served as a launch point for the review of the Meyers Community Plan, El Dorado County Supervisor Norma Santiago said Thursday.

Following the award of a $47,000 California Sustainable Communities Grant, the plan is getting a closer look almost 20 years after its approval. Rather than a complete overhaul, discussions on the plan will focus on design guidelines for the broader plan and developing tools to get projects on the ground, Santiago said.

“I don’t think that we need to redo the plan. The plan is pretty solid,” Santiago said.

The goal is to create a more community-oriented space than how the area was originally envisioned – a freeway pass through. The community plan covers all aspects of development in the area, including land use, community design, transportation, conservation and recreation.

“Originally planned to contain a high-speed freeway, the right of way is up to 280 feet wide in places and contains only two and three lanes of actual roadway,” according to the community plan. “The result is a large area of disturbed and undeveloped public ‘no man’s land’ which adversely impacts the sense of community.”

The 120-page document is available on the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s follow-up meetings are expected during the next several months.

Updates like getting the plan in line with California’s climate change laws and coordinating with Caltrans improvements anticipated in 2013 are also part of the public meeting process that started this week. Improving the area’s digital infrastructure is also one of Santiago’s goals for the area.

Santiago hopes to have projects in the community plan ready for review by the TRPA following passage of the Regional Plan Update, scheduled for the end of the year.

Some of the plan could be enacted as soon as 2013, but the eternal question of how to pay for the improvements remains unanswered. With public dollars scarce, a combination of public, private and nonprofit funding will likely be needed for the elements in the plan to come to fruition, Santiago said.

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