TRPA will discuss incentives for moderate income housing |

TRPA will discuss incentives for moderate income housing

Gregory Crofton

Rule changes that would create incentives for developers if they commit to building deed-restricted moderate income housing will be discussed Wednesday at Kings Beach.

“We’re looking to widen the net,” said Julie Regan, communications director for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. “People who don’t qualify … their income is higher, but still not high enough to afford high real estate prices of today, which is a reality in a lot of resort towns.”

The change proposed would open a pool of development allocations to help spur the construction of moderate income housing. The allocations are available because sensitive parcels of land in the Lake Tahoe Basin have been protected from development, Regan said.

The TRPA Local Government Committee has worked on the proposal for moderate income housing for more than a year. The proposed ordinance change will be reviewed on Wednesday by the TRPA Advisory Planning Commission before it’s voted on by the Governing Board at the end of the month.

The agency already has an incentive-based program for affordable housing for low-income families. It gives developers “bonus units,” which eliminates the need to obtain an allocation for a deed-restricted affordable housing project. The developer, however, still must obtain a development right.

Also Wednesday, the Advisory Planning Commission is scheduled to review a proposal that would allow more multifamily housing in South Lake Tahoe.

Zoning rules in place allow for multiple units to be built on one parcel of land, but technicalities prevented required development rights for the projects.

“They didn’t necessarily allow for the transfer of development rights to build the housing,” Regan said. “This mechanism would encourage more multifamily housing in those areas.”

The areas include: Lakeview Heights, Lakeside Park, Bijou, Sierra Tract (commercial), Highland Woods, Al Tahoe, and the Stateline/Ski Run Community Plan.

The Advisory Planning Commission this week is also expected to review language changes proposed for the “Goals and Policies” section of the regional plan.

“Basically it’s a housekeeping sort of thing,” Regan said. “When we went through the vacation rental issue … we found some definitions that weren’t matching. Our code is updated frequently and we don’t always go back and tweak language (in the regional plan).”

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

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