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South Lake Tahoe updating code books to become more ‘business friendly’

Griffin Rogers

The City of South Lake Tahoe is cracking open the code books and working on recreating them in an effort to make policies less confusing and more business friendly.

The process of starting a business now can be perplexing to some potential owners. However, City Attorney Tom Watson said the hope is to streamline that process by paring down the code books.

“We have a 21st century vision in a 19th century town,” he said, “and I do think that has to change.”

In order to accomplish this task, the city is asking for feedback from the community. Comments from the public will be used throughout the process to determine a variety things, such as areas of high priority.

Recreating the books with a focus on Highway 50 was one option discussed at a Wednesday meeting.

“This community has to change, and it has to change from the private side, not the public side,” Watson said. “You guys are going to change this community and tell us what you want, not the other way around.”

In line with efforts to become more business friendly, the city also is addressing community concerns about code enforcement.

Lately, the city’s code enforcement team has been focusing on cleaning up abandoned vehicles, messy properties and bringing vacation home rentals into compliance. But South Lake Tahoe Police Chief Brian Uhler said the city would like to hear what the community considers to be priorities.

“For improving our built environment, we’ve undertaken a lot of projects along those lines,” Uhler said at the meeting. “But we want to hear from community as to the types of enforcement efforts that we should be undertaking that may have the best impact, and what areas of the city we should be concentrating on.”

Ultimately, officials hope to shrink the city’s municipal code book from 36 chapters to nine chapters. Watson said the city will be working on the project over the next year and a half.

“This is something we really want the community engaged in because we want to make it better for the people that live here,” he said.

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