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Zoning project won’t change much

Lake Tahoe and Douglas County planners don’t expect a proposed zoning change to affect many people besides making it easier to work with the agencies in the county’s portion of the Tahoe Basin.

“We’ve gotten quite a few calls on this,” said Mimi Moss, planning and economic development manager for Douglas County. “That’s usually the first thing they ask: How does this change things? It doesn’t.”

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has what it calls Plan Area Statements, which govern what kind of development can happen in certain areas of the basin. Historically, the basin’s jurisdictions – the counties and the city of South Lake Tahoe – often have had different zoning regulations. TRPA’s rules and Douglas County’s sometimes conflict.

Douglas County is planning to adopt TRPA’s Plan Area Statements to create consistency.

The reason the proposed change isn’t supposed to create waves in the building community is because, in most cases, TRPA’s rules are more restricting, and all development already has to comply with the rules.

“We’re not changing what’s allowed in the Plan Area Statements,” said Pete Wysocki, senior planner in Douglas County. “Basically, what TRPA currently allows will continue to be allowed.

“All in all, people should not, or will not, notice a difference,” he added.

Rick Angelocci, special programs administrator for TRPA, agreed.

“This just puts us all on the same page,” he said.

The Douglas County Planning Commission is scheduled to hear about the zoning changes Tuesday. The county commission likely will take its first look at the change on Feb. 17.


What: Douglas County Planning Commission meeting

When: Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.

Where: Douglas County Administration Building, 1616 Eighth Street, Minden

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