Plan amendment on slate for TRPA |

Plan amendment on slate for TRPA

A small step toward more affordable housing at South Shore will be discussed today at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Advisory Planning Commission meeting.

The city of South Lake Tahoe is asking for a parcel of land at the corner of Ski Run Boulevard and Pioneer Trail be included in the Stateline/Ski Run Community Plan.

This would be the first South Shore parcel to take advantage of an amendment adopted by the TRPA’s governing board in January that allows community plan boundaries be amended for deed restricted affordable housing projects.

There are 23 community plan areas in the Lake Tahoe Basin. These areas are the commercial core areas and are served by transit, highway access and have housing in the vicinity for employees of commercial users.

Because mulitfamily housing consists of five or more units, more land coverage is needed than the 30 percent allowed outside a community plan. Fifty percent coverage is allowed inside the community plan boundaries, therefore the boundaries have to be amended to allow parcels 50 percent coverage that lie outside the boundaries.

However, Pam Drum, TRPA’s public affairs coordinator, said although the amendment allows for 20 percent more coverage, the total land coverage in the basin stays the same.

Those wishing to amend a community plan boundary to include a parcel on which affordable housing will be built have to find the same amount of coverage for sale in the same sub-watershed and retire the land.

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