Planning commission to vote on rezoning |

Planning commission to vote on rezoning

What: Planning Commission

Where: City Council Chambers, 1900 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

When: 6 p.m.

The planning commission is meeting to vote on rezoning that would allow for changes in allowable uses for various properties and in some cases change zoning from residential to commercial. There will be a public hearing during the meeting to discuss the impacts of these changes on future development in South Lake Tahoe.

Lisa O’Daly, associate city planner said the changes are minor. She calls it cleaning up what previous zoning laws failed to do. But President of the planning commission Michael Phillips is skeptical about what overall effect these changes could have on the community as a whole.

“Where do we want to be in 10 years?” he said. “I don’t really know if we have a good 10-15 year plan. I only have one side. I have only heard from staff, and I haven’t heard from the public. So at this point, I have a very open mind.”

Any changes approved by the planning commission will also need to be heard by City Council and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

1) Two parcels of land on the corner of Ski Run Boulevard and Paradise Avenue are under consideration to be merged together and included in the Stateline/Ski Run Community plan, which allows for commercial development. The owners of the property want to build a commercial building on the property, but half of the property is in a residential zone. The amendment would allow for many other uses of the property, but a professional building is what the owners have in mind.

2) Gersick Enterprises Inc., the owner of the shopping center at Ski Run Boulevard is considering a remodel on the property. The proposed zoning change would allow for a public plaza at the corner of the two corners of Ski Run Boulevard and U.S. Highway 50 – the corners opposite the lake.

3) A proposed site for affordable housing will be considered by consolidating two properties that total about 5.5 acres. These properties are next to the fire department on Ski Run Boulevard and U.S. Highway 50. It has been identified by City Staff as a potential site of affordable housing because it is close to both the Casinos and Heavenly Ski Resort.

*Some properties, when they are originally zoned, have uses, which are not automatic and must be approved by a vote and a public hearing process. The following modifications fit this category:

1) The proposal would allow for retail buildings, a medical facility, professional offices and amusment and recreation services within the Stateline Ski Run Community plan area, which was amended in 1994. This would be centered around the outdoor ice rink which is a part of the Park Avenue Redevelopment Project.

2) Another proposal would allow for realty offices in the Stateline/Ski Run Community Plan area. It would only be used for approved Park Avenue Redevelopment vacation properties.

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