South ‘Y’ expansion more than an idea |

South ‘Y’ expansion more than an idea

The process is just beginning, but a community plan for part of South Lake Tahoe’s “Y” area could be adopted by the end of the year.

City and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency officials are in the process of establishing a schedule of how to proceed on a South “Y” Industrial Community Plan. The area – which currently encompasses the city offices, UPS, Tahoe Sand and Gravel, auto shops and more – could be opened up for more industrial-type development.

The use of more commercial floor area could happen as a result of the plan.

The South “Y” Industrial Community Plan would create incentives for industrial businesses elsewhere in the region to relocate to the area, said Gary Marchio, principal planner for the city.

The Governing Board of TRPA next week will consider approving a work schedule for the plan. A scoping meeting with people who own property in the proposed area is tentatively planned for July. The plan itself is expected to be drafted later in the summer, and it could be adopted in December.

More than 20 community plans have been adopted by TRPA since 1994. Only three West Shore community plans and two plans for the “Y” were rejected.

A majority of the “Y” area will not be included in the industrial plan.

A South “Y” Commercial Community Plan may later be adopted, but no immediate plans for that are under way. Because the commercial plan will encompass a much larger area, developing it will be a much more costly, time-consuming endeavor. Preparing the industrial plan will be relatively easy compared to the commercial plan, Marchio said.

The reason TRPA adopts community plans is to guide development in certain areas, said Pam Drum, public affairs coordinator for the bistate regulatory agency.

They are to create development “themes” for specific areas. For example, the Stateline Community Plan focuses on entertainment and tourism. The Meyers plan – the first one to be adopted – designates the community as a gateway to Lake Tahoe.

“The idea behind community plans is to create and maintain community themes in certain community corridors in the Lake Tahoe region,” Drum said. “Community plans create a unique atmosphere in the community corridors, based on history, uses, location and what makes sense from a land-use perspective.”

What: TRPA meeting

When: June 23, 9:30 a.m.

Where: Tahoe Seasons Resort, Saddle Road at Keller

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