Public input key to planning effort for Pathway 2007 |

Public input key to planning effort for Pathway 2007

Web site, toll free number and meetings to be avenues for input

By Gregory Crofton

Tribune staff writer

The Pathway 2007 Web site is up and running, a toll free phone line to record comments is on the way and focus group sessions have already been held in Sacramento and Las Vegas.

The effort to involve the public in creating 20-year growth and forest management plans for the Lake Tahoe Basin is multilayered. It is also expensive. Work to create a collaborative relationship between the public, agencies and private groups and organizations is expected to cost up to $1.8 million over three years.

“We’re not just talking about a couple of public hearings,” said Julie Regan, communications director for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. “It’s far deeper than that, and on a greater scale.”

— Pathway 2007 Forum: Nominations to be a member of a committee called a “forum” will begin this month. The forum will represent interests inside and outside of the Lake Tahoe Basin. Its members will be selected by executives of public agencies in the basin. The forum will provide “consensus recommendations” to agency decision makers.

— Collaborative process workshops: Informational meetings to begin in October to introduce Pathway 2007 to the public.

— Visioning workshops: Focused workshops in October and November to allow the community to come up with a vision for Tahoe’s future. That vision will be relayed to technical committees and the forum.

— Round tables: Focused groups will address specific concerns of community members. The groups will share information with forum members.

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