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Washoe’s artifact discovery halts Kahle, Kinsbury projects

A last-minute discovery by the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California prompted the Governing Board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency last week to postpone its decision on a large Douglas County project until its April 28 meeting.

TRPA staff had been recommending approval of a project to build 26 multi-family dwellings. However, TRPA officials changed their minds after members of the Washoe Tribe said they found evidence of artifacts at the site only days before the meeting.

On an 18-acre parcel near the Kingsbury area, the project’s applicant, Richard Welze, plans to build the 26 buildings, restore a portion of Burke Creek and a nearby meadow and turn four to five of the acres over to the U.S. Forest Service.

Access to the development would be from Lake Village Drive.

There is opposition to the project.

Jeff Cutler, representing a group called Friends of Burke Creek, urged the governing board to further investigate whether the artifacts are really there. He also said the agency should look into possible transportation impacts the project could have on the area and claimed goshawk, a rare bird in Lake Tahoe, nested in the area.

Jim Baetge, executive director of TRPA, told the board members that, in light of the new information, they could not approve the project.

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