Tahoe Shores condominium project delayed by environmental analysis
A draft report analyzing the environmental impact of allowing condominiums and a beach club to be built on 20 acres near the shore of Lake Tahoe is expected to be finished in February, six months later than anticipated.
The delay is because of the complexity of building in the shorezone and issues related to water quality, housing and scenic resources, said Paul Nielsen, senior planner at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.
The beach club would replace a 155-unit mobile home park at the end of Kahle Drive called Tahoe Shores with 142 condominiums. The park is nearly full right now. How to replace that lost affordable housing or compensate residents for their loss will be included in the draft report, said Tom Castaneda, director of development for Incline Village-base Beach Club Inc.
Once the draft of the report – called an environmental impact statement – is completed, it will be released to the public for a 60-day comment period. Staff at the TRPA will address those comments, issue a final document and make a recommendation to its governing board.
The board will conduct public hearings on the staff’s recommendation and then vote on whether to permit the project. If it does issue a permit, the applicant, Beach Club Inc., still must obtain approval for the project from Douglas County.
“Questions that come up have to be resolved and answered,” Castaneda said. “We don’t know if we’ll get approval or not. If not, we’ll continue to operate it as a mobile home park. We’ve been working on this thing for three years, but we are getting closer to a resolution.”
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