TRPA give Horizon three more years |

TRPA give Horizon three more years

Last summer there was somewhat of a brouhaha over the number of special events the Horizon Casino Resort held on the weekends.

Under the community plan, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency only allowed about three or four outdoor events like those each year. However, the Horizon seemed to have them each weekend.

And this summer, the Stateline casino seems to be having just as many.

What gives?

TRPA in November 1998 issued a temporary special-use permit to the Horizon, allowing it to hold up to 16 of the special events each summer season.

Under the community plan, one property, such as the Horizon, can be given the designation as a special events area. In the Kingsbury plan, Kahle Park has that designation. But no place has such a designation yet in Stateline.

“(The Horizon) is not the one for the Stateline community plan,” said Pam Drum, TRPA public affairs coordinator. “This is the interim special events area until a community-wide plan special events area is established.”

Gary Midkiff, a consultant for the Horizon, said it’s possible the casino would later seek the permanent designation.

For now, however, the way the permit is written, the Horizon can hold events there for three summers after this one, Midkiff said.

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