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TRPA commission to review community plan for ‘Y’ area

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

South Lake Tahoe has been pounding out a community plan for the South “Y” Industrial Tract for two years.

It’s almost ready to be put to use.

A plan for the industrial area, 192 acres between Julie Lane and Shop Street, will be reviewed today by the Advisory Planning Commission of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

Next week, the South Lake Tahoe City Council will reexamine the thick document. The week after that, the TRPA Governing Board is expected to vote to approve or reject the proposed community plan.

“The community plan designation gives businesses and property owners an opportunity to take advantage of incentives and programs that were previously unavailable,” said Lisa O’Daly, associate planner at the city. “There’s a whole palette of incentives.”

When the city was incorporated in 1965, the South “Y” tract was designed with the intent of concentrating industrial business.

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As part of the effort to adopt a community plan for the area, the city has worked closely with California Tahoe Conservancy to implement environmental improvements at the industrial tract, some of which is considered to be part of a sensitive stream zone. With funding provided by the conservancy, a stream environment zone restoration project and a water quality treatment project were completed last year.

Also today:

n The Advisory Planning Commission will hear proposals that would allow private landowners and developers to access a pool of reserved allocations. If a landowner has an allocation, that means he or she has the right to apply for a building permit.

Typically the pool of allocations can only be accessed by landowners who retire sensitive land. These proposals would allow landowners to access the pool in exchange for work that benefits public transit system or the BMP Retrofit Program, which is the effort led by the TRPA to get needed erosion controls installed on private and public land.

n The commission will not hear a status report on the overall allocation system as anticipated. The system was adopted in December and it links the rate of development to environmental work. The TRPA Governing Board asked its staff to look at equal or superior links and report back to them this month. The matter has been tabled for at least a month, according to staff.

— Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or by e-mail at