Planners OK housing deal |

Planners OK housing deal

Gregory Crofton, Tribune staff writer

An advisory group to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has recommended a plan that would encourage affordable housing in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

The group, which meets once a month to review proposals before they are voted on by the agency’s Governing Board, reviewed a proposed change to its code that would create more affordable housing by permitting secondary units on a property smaller than 1 acre.

Rules in place only allow secondary units, such as an apartment over a garage, on parcels larger than 1 acre.

“There was a lot of discussion,” said Leo Poppoff, an Advisory Planning Commission member who attended the Wednesday meeting in Kings Beach. “Basically, everybody thought it was a good idea because we need more affordable housing, but there were some questions on how it actually could be done.”

People applying to put a secondary unit on their property would still have to satisfy all TRPA building requirements, but they could be eligible for affordable housing bonus units, Poppoff said. Those units are used to help reduce the cost of affordable housing projects.

“If it’s implemented, it really will lie with local governments,” Poppoff said. “It will be up to them to develop a satisfactory housing program that includes affordable housing.”

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Also at the meeting, the commission:

n Supported a TRPA staff recommendation not to change excess land coverage rates sold by the square foot for 2004.

n Supported adoption of the Lake Tahoe Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.

The TRPA Governing Board meets Wednesday in Stateline.

– Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or by e-mail at