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Weigh in on city’s economic future at workshop

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Some residents might be aware that the city is in the process of updating its General Plan, which lays out the community’s long-range vision and “constitution” for future land use, development and environmental protection.

The General Plan might most commonly be associated with land use policies – but it also contains other elements, including one on economic development.

That element will be highlighted during a public workshop on Wednesday, July 29, from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Board and Aspen Rooms at Lake Tahoe Community College. Pizza and refreshments will be served.

A draft version of the General Plan policy document is available online at http://www.sltgpu.com. Some of the proposed economic development policies in the document are as follows:

– The city shall strive to maintain a balance between economic health and environmental health through careful and efficient planning.

– The city shall provide economic incentives and regulatory reform that support an economically diverse and prosperous year-round community for city residents and visitors alike.

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– The city shall use redevelopment as a tool within the city limits to implement the city’s revitalization objectives and serve the interests of the people of South Lake Tahoe.

– The city shall encourage existing and new employers to create jobs that pay a living wage, create a variety of employment choices, increase the ratio of full-time residents and improve the quality of life for South Lake Tahoe residents.

– The city shall encourage and support practices by local businesses to provide excellent customer service, competitive prices, good product selection and timely product availability.

– The city shall seek to attract one or more large-scale retail businesses to South Lake Tahoe, particularly in the Tahoe Valley Community Plan area, in order to serve the shopping needs of residents.

Participants at Wednesday’s workshop will be asked to take part in an interactive exercise focusing on economic development strategies and what the city can do to help existing businesses thrive and expand.

Attendees will also hear a report on the progress of the General Plan Update and other projects underway in South Lake Tahoe. This will include a discussion of the Public Review Draft Policy Document.

This session will be the fifth community workshop specifically on the General Plan Update.

Following this workshop, the City and Consultants will review and present the community’s input to the Planning Commission/General Plan Advisory Committee on Aug. 6 and the City Council on Sept. 1.