TRPA gives nod to college dormitory |

TRPA gives nod to college dormitory

TAHOE CITY-Plans for Incline Village’s Sierra Nevada College to build a new 63-room residence hall received approval Wednesday from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency – just barely.

Last-minute changes and concerns over parking and affordable housing issues nearly cost the college a month’s postponement. However, college officials urged the bistate regulatory board to work through the details. The proposal had to pass Wednesday or, the college claimed, the proposed completion date of fall 2000 could not be achieved.

“If it is delayed a month, we know that sounds like a short period of time, but that delays it a year,” said Dan Reaser, attorney for the college.

Sierra Nevada College, Nevada’s only private four-year college, is planning to build a new student residence hall and a new parking area near the proposed hall. An environmental impact statement compiled in 1994 did not identify such an expansion. However, the college and TRPA officials worked out a way to make the expansion possible. A new EIS is under way and likely will be certified next year, but the college wanted to start expanding now.

The hearing took hours, and numerous changes were made to the proposal, much to the frustration of some of TRPA’s governors.

“I honestly don’t understand the deletions and the conditions that are flying back and forth,” said Kay Bennett, Carson City’s representative on TRPA’s board. “I totally concur with (equally frustrated board member) Drake DeLanoy. People need time to let these things settle.”

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